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The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives
In the tradition of Mark Baker's Cops, more than 100 top firefighters describe the highs and lows of the world's most dangerous profession.Fascinating and packed with emotion,THE FIRE INSIDE is a unique look at the unseen world of firefighters who risk their lives for strangers every day In their own words, these male and female heroes vividly describe how they cope with s ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 14th 1997 by HarperTorch
(first published 1996)
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Dec 23, 2015 Carianne Carleo-Evangelist rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Found out about this from an AskMe (http://ask.metafilter.com/71101/What-...) that was recently linked in Meta Talk. I have no interest in becoming a firefighter, but it got me thinking. I knew it was somewhat dated as it didn’t cover 9/11, but it was only when I went to add it to my LibraryThing that I realized it dated to the mid 90s. Unsurprisingly, there was significant attention paid to Oklahoma City.
I was expecting this to be documentary-style with some research behind it, but it's really just a collection of quotes from firefighters. Some are one liners and some are long stories, some sad and some happy, some that re-inforce what you know and some that contradict your assumptions. Overall, I liked it because I learned a little bit about the profession. The failure for me is with the narrator of the audiobook who tries to give each quote a new voice, but mostly it just sounds like he's swit ...more