Books: Pyromanticism

REPORT FROM ENGINE CO. 82 215 pages. McCall Books. $5.95.

"I remember the day I filed for the firemen's examination as clearly as a king remembers his coronation ... I was ecstatic that I would soon be a part of the gong clangs and siren howls . . . climbing ladders, pulling hose, and saving children from the waltz of the hot-masked devil. Tearful mothers would embrace me, editorial writers would extol me, mayors would pin medals and ribbons to my breast."

Assigned at his own request to Engine Co. 82, the busiest fire-fighting unit...

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