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Boston on Fire: A History of Fires And Firefighting in Boston
Fires and firefighting in Boston from the seventeenth century to the present. Includes the Great Fire of 1872, the Cocoanut Grove fire, the Vendome fire, and others.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published January 30th 2006 by Commonwealth Editions
(first published 2003)
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Sep 17, 2013 Todd rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I was pointed to this book from an end note in Fire in the Grove. This book is more of a survey of the major fires in Boston and major fire innovations developed here over the last 350 or so years, and it does quite a good job, especially re-creating events from well before mass media was around to record things. Primary source material includes sermons from Increase and Cotton Mather, of all people. The book details fires that were either important in some way or that illustrate some aspect of ...more
Dec 09, 2007 Michele rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Boston history is the history of stuff burning down. Schorow's book weaves numerous compelling tales of fire through the ages, and Boston's unique role in firefighting and fire prevention. The Cocoanut Grove fire is well-documented here, an important reminder for all of the need for awareness and personal responsibility for fire safety.
If you're terrified/fascinated by fires, and have a hankering for Boston history, this is a well written informative book which assembles brief histories of several notorious fires in (mostly)Boston's history, including the Ursuline convent fire, the Great Fire of 1872, the Chelsea conflagration and the Cocoanut Grove disaster.
Stephanie Schorow is a Boston-area reporter and writer. For 12 years she toiled as a features editor and ink-stained scribe for the Boston Herald until she struck out on her own as a freelance writer in 2005. Her articles now regularly appear in the Boston Globe and other publications.More about Stephanie Schorow...