Facing the Flames

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Science  08 Feb 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5864, pp. 728
DOI: 10.1126/science.1153554

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On the Fireline. Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters. By Matthew Desmond. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2007. 379 pp. $24, £15. ISBN 9780226144085.

Incorporating his own experiences from time spent as a seasonal firefighter in Arizona, Desmond provides a sociological analysis of his fellow firefighters to argue against explanations for risk-taking that stress traits such as courage, toughness, and aggressiveness or cold calculations by individuals.