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Boston on Fire: A History of Fires And Firefighting in Boston [Paperback]

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Fires have shaped Boston since its founding on a narrow peninsula in 1630. Innovations by Bostonians have led to improvements in fire fighting and fire prevention across the land. In the first comprehensive history of Boston's major fires, Schorow tells the dramatic tales of seventeenth-century fires (which were viewed as signs of God's wrath), the 1834 Ursuline convent fire, the Great Fire of 1872, the Chelsea conflagrations of 1908 and 1973, the tragic Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, the Vendome Hotel collapse that killed nine firefighters in 1972, and an arson ring that terrorized the city in the 1980s. Chapters are also devoted to two key Boston innovations: the Hunneman fire engine and the citywide fire alarm system (first in the nation) developed by William Francis Channing and Moses Farmer. You've heard of the Freedom Trail. Discover Boston's Fire Trail!

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Pages   242
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2006
Publisher   Commonwealth Editions
ISBN  1933212012  
ISBN13  9781933212012  

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More About Stephanie Schorow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephanie Schorow is a Boston-based freelance writer, author, teacher and artist. She is the author of The Crime of the Century: How the Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands (The History Press, 2008); Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston; and The Cocoanut Grove Fire. She was the editor of Boston's Fire Trail: A Walk Through the City's Fire and Firefighting History (The History Press, 2007). She has spent thirty years working for various news organizations, including the Boston Herald, the TAB chain, the Stamford Advocate and the Associated Press. She currently works as a freelancer for the Boston Globe and teaches writing at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She is working on her next book, tentatively titled Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits.

Stephanie Schorow currently resides in Medford, in the state of Massachusetts.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > State & Local - By State > Massachusetts
2Books > Subjects > Science > Technology > History of Technology
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Hot Tales of Big, Bad Boston Fires  Jan 4, 2007
A person would not expect to find a history of fire fighting in Boston to be a difficult book to put down. I bought this volume mostly because I had enjoyed the author's earlier story of the Cocoanut Grove Fire and I'm delighted I did. I had no idea of all the inovations in fire fighting that were first invented or applied in Boston. I happened to start reading the book at the back when I was thumbing through it and came across a description of the fire at the Vendome Hotel on Commonwealth Avenue. I'd witnessed that fire while passing by on my way to work. I then read the book from that point to the end before starting to re-read it from the beginning. It was amazingly accurate because I'd been alive and read about many of those recent fires at the time. The great fires from the past were even more fascinating.The author did a wonderful job of making what could have been boring, boring, boring, into a history that was riviting, riviting, riviting. It's a great read even for non-sparks and fire fighters.
Fire History of Boston and Brave Firefighters  Apr 6, 2004
I loved this book. This is a carefully crafted and well researched collection of tales about fires out of control and what are very scary risks, even up to the present day.

It starts from times when there were no machines to fight fires, dirt roads downtown, little or no water available, and nobody on the payroll. Stories cover fires in and around Boston that wiped out entire neighborhoods and changed hundreds of lives. The story of the famous Cocoanut Grove fire of late 1942 is right from the front line and for me, brought the recent Station Nightclub fire to mind.

As a bridge to further study, it has detailed references to source material drawn upon, but I have to think that none of it can be more captivating than this compendium.....


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