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The American Fire Engine [Hardcover]

Hans Halberstadt


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Book Description

Aug. 8 1993 Enthusiast Color
Describing the evolution of the fire engine from hand pumpers to steamers to the elaborate rigs of today, Halberstock points out all the interesting intricacies of the machines, takes readers along to fight real fires, and tells how to purchase a fire truck for $2,000, or less. Illus.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (Aug. 8 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879387505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879387501
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 25.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Elemental Aug. 16 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an extraordinary book. A great mix of photos and text, which includes not only bios of some of the famous truck lines, but information on technological progressions in fire fighting, and how this impacted the work of the individual fire fighter. Unless it's an action shot of an actual fire, with smoke and flames, each photo is taken on a beautiful, sunny day, on which each truck is also immaculate. This is a lot like each of our categorical memories of these trucks from earliest youth. There's just some kind of intense coolness factor that surrounds fire trucks, even as they became boxier and more industrial looking, especially after governmental rules were changed to require all personnel to ride inside, no longer allowed to cling to the back or ride on the running boards.
For years I kept this book in the lobby of our firm, and everyone loved it. Especially the fire dept. inspectors making their rounds to see if our fire extinguishers were at the proper height on the walls, and our "Exit" signs illuminated. Seeing them fixated on this book suggested that they'd rather be riding in the wind, with one of those emblematic Dalmations, then writing me up for having too many extension cords snaking back to a single outlet.
So why only 4 stars? Because the author missed including any W.S. Darley fire trucks, made right here in Illinois without interruption for almost 100 years. Add a Darley, and I give it 5 stars.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The American Fire Engine June 11 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great general reading / coffee table material on the fire engine and the fire services. Wonderful historical material and some great real life stories. This book covers the complete history of the fire service from the earlier horse drawn fire apparatus to modern equipment. Details what equipment has been used for over the years and how it has evolved to become what is is today. BEAUTIFUL Photography throughout. My only complaint is it is a bit slanted towards west coast fire departments (I believe the author is from California). Nonetheless, Highly recommended by this reader.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Fire Engine April 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I really like this book, Mr. Halberstadt did and excellent job in describing the San Jose Fire Dept. and many other departments on the west coast of the USA. I think the Damaltion in the from cover is a very cute dog and the pictures of real action firefighters are great. The historic pictures are rare and some of the modern piece of apparatus are also depicted very well. You can tell that the author went through great lenght is researching his material and documenting it prior to publishing it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading June 10 2006
By Handyhearn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a great illustrated history of fire engines in America. I actually live in San Jose, CA where several of the pieces of equipment are located. Highly recommend to anyone who loves fire engines!
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for a fireman March 24 2013
By Martha Folsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We have a fire chief in the family who loves to read, so this was a no-brainer for his Christmas gift. He loves it!

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