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3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It

3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It [Kindle Edition]

Sean Flynn
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Product Description

The unforgettable and heartbreaking true story of the firemen who bravely fought "the perfect fire" is now in paperback.

About the Author

Sean Flynn is a former Senior Editor at BOSTON MAGAZINE. His cover story 'The Perfect Fire' in ESQUIRE is the basis of this book, and won the National Magazine Award for Reporting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (21 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #406,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
The title at the beginning of these comments is from St. Florian, and was on a medal recovered from the spot where one of the men fighting this fire died. The medal should not have survived, silver melts at 1,600 degrees, a body is incinerated at 1,800 degrees, and the heat in the building had reached 3,000 degrees.
I came to read this book from a rather unusual direction. Worth Magazine just did a profile of the most generous Americans, not necessarily those who gave the most money, but as a percentage of what they have, their reasons, and other intangibles beside the traditional yardstick of amount only. Actor/comedian and member of this very special group is Dennis Leary. Of the 6 men who died in this fire, one was his cousin and another was a childhood friend. His foundation has raised $2 million for firefighters in Worcester MA and NYC. His organization was cutting checks 3 months after September 11th in NYC; he has no use for bean counters.
Sean Flynn's book, "3000 Degrees", is easily one of the most powerful books I have read in 2002, it is the first of many books I will now read on Firemen, and others who put themselves in lethal harm's way, for the rest of us. As I read this book, I asked the same question I often ask when men and women put the lives of others before their own, not for a single moment, but every day, for years and often for decades. Some members of a team are the rescue members, and these men enter the building without any fire fighting equipment, like hoses, to protect themselves. They go in looking for victims and are unprotected against flame and other lethalities except by their experience and luck. They are in a burning building looking for you and me before the houses may even be turned on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping account 24 Feb 2003
This book gives the reader a realistic and deeply moving insight into the world of firefighters, their courage,their true professionalism and their inner commitment to their job. The author does fortunately not show the cliché-hero-image but depicts each individual as a real human being, with his family background, his bravery, his doubts and his fears and- above -all- his absolute dedication to the "Brotherhood".
Telling the story of a terrible fire at Worcester which claimed the life of six men in 1999 "3000 degrees" is a book in which the reader can get a very realistic and thrilling look into the dangers and difficulties of firefighting. The book is very well written and shows the author's deep respect and empathy for the heroes of his story.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAD BUILDING-TERRIBLE FIRE-BRAVE MEN 1 April 2002
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There is only one complaint to be made of this book: The picture on the dustjacket. Instead of a photograph of someone dressed in fireman's gear, there should have been a photograph of the building described in the narrative, an enormous building with no windows, no easy paths, and, once it caught fire, no mercy. It became a monster which took the lives of six firemen.
Sean Flynn does a great job in telling this story. The book is relatively short, but Flynn does not shortchange the reader. You turn the pages fast as Flynn provides brisk views of the firemen he writes about, giving us the flavor of their family lives and their personal ambitions, and then rushing on into the action and tragedy that are the centerpieces of the book.
This is a true story, but Flynn writes as if it were a novel, letting us know what people were thinking and saying in a terrible situation. He is able to do this because he has researched the story so well. (It began as a story for Esquire magazine.)
The descriptions of the desperate attempts to save the six firemen who became lost in the mazes of the fiery Worcester Cold Storage building are some of the best true-life action sequences you are likely to encounter in a book. Flynn describes the aftermath of the fire eloquently, relating the sorrow, guilt, and pride felt by the surviving firefighters, and just as important, the heartbreak of the families the heroes left behind.
Before the Worcester Cold Storage building ever caught fire, one of the firemen in this book looked at the towering thing, imagined it on fire, and said, "Bad Building." It seems he was right.
Bad building. Hell of a good book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Watched This Fire From My Back Deck... A POWERFUL BOOK!! 14 April 2002
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Like many of Worcester, MA, I watched this fire and was overwhelmed by its power. The loss of life was without equal. This recounting is a great tribute to the Fire Department and all the men present at this fire. Many of us listened to the events unfold on scanners; others watched as the flames colored the night sky. Sean Flynn tells all the details and the humanity of these life shattering event. No matter where you live, this book is a must read to understand what firemen and women do everyday. As well as to see their lives through their family and friends.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is HOT! 24 May 2003
By Frederick S. Goethel - Published on
There is little in this world that can be as terrifying yet as satisfying as crawling into a blazing building and cheating death and fire by escaping and beating the fire down. In 25 years with fire departments, I have never read a story that depictes the courage and fear involved in firefighting with the scope, depth and compasion as this book does. It actually stood the hairs on my arms up several times and caused me to have several flashbacks to those "tougher" fires in my life.
In addition, I was pleased to see the author treat firefighting with just enough simplicity for laymen, yet with enough attention to detail to capture the minds of firefighters themselves.
This is a must read!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and compassionate. 14 Jan 2005
By K. Cantrell - Published on
I really enjoyed this book. My dad was a firefighter and I thought the writer portrayed the firefighters with a tough realisim without taking away their compassion for what they do. The families stories seemed to convey not only the day to day fears that all firefighters families have but, a small sense of what they went through when the unimaginable happened to them. Overall a great read by a writer who seemed to care about the subject.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting 17 Feb 2004
By Barrie Guarino - Published on
I read this book simply because my boyfriend said he couldn't put it down. I was mesmorized by the bravery these men went gave out to fight the fire. After every page, I kept thinking to myself, "This is TRUE." I have a stronger respect for the brave fire fighters aroundt he world. Not only is this book about the fire and the fighters themselves, but it also depicts the family's devistation after the fact. Every page brought tears to my eyes. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially family's of fire fighters. Didn't want to put it down.
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