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On the Fireline - Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters [Anglais] [Broché]

Matthew Desmond

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30 octobre 2007 Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries

In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, Desmond relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, adroitly balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. On the Fireline shows that these firefighters aren’t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they’re so often portrayed.


An immersion into a dangerous world, On the Fireline is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk profession—and a captivating read.


“Gripping . . . a masterful account of how young men are able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an enterprise in the first place.”—David Grazian, Sociological Forum


“Along with the risks and sorrow, Desmond also presents the humor and comaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks. . . . A good complement to Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire. Recommended.”—Library Journal

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Matthew Desmond is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Captivating! 26 octobre 2007
Par Dr. Michael Lindsay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Desmond's work crackles with rich detail, careful analysis, and helpful insights that not only teach us a great deal about the life of a firecrew but also the social meaning of risk, discipline, and place. Beautifully written, On the Fireline helps us understand the challenges and opportunities wildland firefighters face and what draws them to lead lives of the brink of danger. Many ethnographies generate more heat than light, but Desmond strikes the right balance, for this is a story that both captivates and educates.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A mixed bag...firefighting and psychology 15 novembre 2009
Par Mary G. Longorio - Publié sur Amazon.com
On the Fireline is Matthew Desmond's sociological study of his time serving on wildland firefighting crews over several summers. Desmond was a college student and seasonal firefighter who recorded his observations of life on a fire crew. That is the one problem with his writing, there is a detached and a tiny feeling of poor less educated coworkers throughout the book. His details of what wildland firefighting entails is raw and gritty and some of the best writing about the actual work I have read. What throws this book off course are his observations and suppositions of the psychological and sociological forces driving his coworkers. He does a good job of exposing the deeply entrenched macho attitude within the firefighting community, but throws some of his coworkers under the bus to illustrate his point. Mixed in the observations are some thoughtful comments about the way the firefighting culture helps extend the rural culture that is disappearing in the US today. Desmond also throws in some observations on the necessity of conservation and land management and the constant struggle between the two. This book has some really wonderful writing but there are some portions that read more like a dissertation which muddle the message.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wildfire 3 décembre 2009
Par Chris N. Goodman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is an enjoyable read since I am a 31 year firefighter. Some of my best memories are fighting wildfire as a hand crew member, an engine compary firefighter, and a helitack crew member. This book describes the best and worst of firefighting in ways that puts you into the action and you know what the author is talking about. Mars and Venus readers should be required to read this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 thorough and thoughtful study of the culture of wildland firefighting 12 octobre 2009
Par C. Busch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Those merely interested in an adventure read about a dangerous job will get more than they bargained for from this book, which takes a long, hard glance at the world of wildland firefighting to reveal the unspoken rules that shape it and sometimes imperil its inhabitants. Desmond was a seasonal wildland firefighter himself, but he's also a sociologist. His insights into his subject have both an insider's intimacy and an observer's objectivity. The pages of raw, unedited banter between Desmond's firecrew colleagues can seem mismatched next to the more academic passages that introduce his subtle observations, but Desmond's ideas are provocative, and his analysis promotes a timely understanding of the values and principles that motivate wildland firefighters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Really enjoyable read, though maybe not for everyone 20 septembre 2013
Par Colin of Canberra - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book, because it asked the deeper questions about why do some people fight wildfires while others run away, which might not suit readers looking for straight wildland firefighting stories.

While it contains stories about fighting wildland fires, it also looks at the background of good rural firefighters and how this makes them good rural firefighters. It considers aspects such as city v country, being raised in a family with a father/mentor, being involved in team sports, etc, and how this affects the skills they bring to the job, and their position in the hierarchy of the crew. It also looks at the "10 and 18", and the presumption that dead wildfire fighters a) caused their own deaths by b) breaking at least one of the "10 and 18", and questions the validity of this assumption. Are dead wildfire fighters inherently bad wildfire fighters?

For me, this book is a keeper.
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