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Ye Olde Fire Laddies

Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Firefighting History
Average Rating:
(4 Votes)

A history of east coast FDs, esp. FDNY, from the 1600s. Out of print, 1930. Ignore 1999 reprint below, I was wrong on that, although his other stuff is back, so perhaps they'll get to this one. Originals are VERY fragile, so if you get it via interlibrary loan, be extremely careful. Write to Basic Books to ask for a reprint at:

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  • Utchat_4_max30
    Gwyd, Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:17:01 UTC.
    1st review

    Written by Herbert Asbury (Gangs of New York, the Barbary Coast, the French Quarter) in 1930, this covers the history of firefighting in NYC since the Dutch. A chapter covers George Washington's lifelong direct involvement as a FF, and is interesting in that they were ALL volunteers until 1865. Economics and politics are fascinating topics. The book was reprinted in 1999, and it's a great bit of perspective.

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  • 03_15_11_hwy_254_037_max30
    tsmith1, Sat, 02 May 2009 21:16:59 UTC.

    Looks like an interesting read. Anything about the history of the fire service is worth the time.

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  • Me_at_art_millers_funeral
    resaw, Sat, 02 May 2009 23:46:30 UTC.

    I would be interested in reading this myself.

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  • 160481304871_1_0_1_max30
    sandy2501, Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:30:16 UTC.

    Loved it

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