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Fighting Fire!

Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them

Michael L. Cooper

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

From colonial times to the modern day, two things have remained constant in American history: the destructive power of fires and the bravery of those who fight them.

 

Fighting Fire! brings to life ten of the deadliest infernos this nation has ever endured: the great fires of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the disasters of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the General Slocum, and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the wildfire of Witch Creek in San Diego County, and the catastrophe of 9/11. Each blaze led to new firefighting techniques and technologies, yet the struggle against fires continues to this day. With historical images and a fast-paced text, this is both an exciting look at firefighting history and a celebration of the human spirit.


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COLONIAL AMERICA’S BIGGEST FIRE
BOSTON, 1760
 
 
In the days of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, big fires regularly destroyed towns and cities, but no city burned more than Boston.
Between Boston’s founding in 1630 and the start of the American Revolution in 1775, fires regularly devastated large sections of the city. It’s not hard to see why. The Puritans who settled on Boston’s hilly Shawmut Peninsula used wood from nearby forests to build practically everything—houses, churches, and shops. They even used it to make chimney
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Praise for Fighting Fire!

"Lively, with dramatic illustrations to match." - The Horn Book
 
"The author does an excellent job of relating advances in fire safety and firefighting techniques to lessons learned from these tragedies." - School Library Journal
 
"Ten chapters, arranged in chronological order, highlight major skirmishes in the ongoing war for human control over fire." - BCCB

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael L. Cooper

  • Michael L. Cooper is the award-winning author of many history and biography books for young readers. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Michael L. Cooper
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Fighting Fire!

Ten of the Deadliest Fires in American History and How We Fought Them

Michael L. Cooper

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