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Smith, Dennis 1940-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 251 publications in 6 languages and 13,245 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Interviews  Case studies  Personal narratives  Autobiographies  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Director
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Report from ground zero : the story of the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center by Dennis Smith( Book )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this account of the 2001 rescue efforts at the World Trade Center, retired New York City firefighter Dennis Smith gives a remarkable eyewitness account of perhaps the most heroic and desperate collaborative disaster effort in recent history."
Firefighters : their lives in their own words by Dennis Smith( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firefighters tell of terrifying experiences, their camaraderie, danger, escapes from death, and emergency rescues
San Francisco is burning : the untold story of the 1906 Earthquake and fires by Dennis Smith( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At 5:12 AM on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by one of the worst earthquakes ever recorded, a disaster that instantly killed hundreds and leveled large sections of the city. The quake has become a watershed event in American history, yet with the passage of time its drama has overshadowed the even greater calamity to which it gave rise: the fires that broke out as the result of toppling chimneys, broken flues, and severed gas lines. These blazes burned for days and were ultimately responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,000 people, the destruction of more than 500 blocks and 28,000 buildings, and the dislocation of some 200,000 residents. Dennis Smith recounts the three terrible days of the tragedy with an almost cinematic immediacy, tracing the drama through the experiences of a number of people who lived it: a valiant naval officer who helped save the city's piers and warves, the corrupt mayor, a firefighter who witnessed firsthand the staggering intensity of the fires, the woman who ran a shelter in Chinatown, and the army general who took command of the city and inadvertently placed the city and its people at even greater risk. Smith reveals how San Francisco's corrupt municipal government had paid little heed to the warnings of its fire chief about the inadequacies of the public water system, a failing that would leave the city particularly vulnerable to spreading blazes. Once the fires began, a number of decisions made by the emergency leadership not only proved ineffective but actually exacerbated the situation. Dynamiting to create fire breaks became, in the hands of amateurs, a dangerous incendiary, while the enforced evacuation of many of the city's neighborhoods deprived them of a volunteer fire brigade, desperate to save their own homes. But the most drastic measure -- the declaration of martial law and posting of militia with shoot-to-kill orders against looters -- turned out to be the most damaging of all as it led to senseless death and the demoralizing of an already overwhelmed populace. This account captures the violence of these days, the confusion and panic, the sense many held that the world was coming to an end, and the heroism that saved scores of lives and the great American city
A decade of hope : stories of grief and endurance from 9/11 families and friends by Dennis Smith( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is an occasion sure to be observed around the world. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration--and often the most overlooked--is the lives and well-being of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the victims' families over the past decade
Dennis Smith's History of firefighting in America : 300 years of courage by Dennis Smith( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses notable fires in America from 1608 to 1977, traces the development of firefighting equipment and techniques, fire protection legislation, and mutual insurance, and describes the personal courage of firefighters
The final fire by Dennis Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steely blue by Dennis Smith( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steely Byrne and Jack Haggerty grew up together in the slums of Manhattan's East Side, both with the dream of becoming firefighters. The charming and of becoming firefighters. The charming and ruthless Haggerty, whose nickname even as a kid was "Johnnie Gimme," has risen rapidly in the ranks and is plotting, whatever the price, to become New York City's next Fire Commissioner
Glitter & ash by Dennis Smith( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report from Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith( Book )

31 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From his bawdy and brave fellow firefighters to the hopeful, hateful, beautiful and beleaguered residents of the poverty-stricken district where he works, Dennis Smith tells the story of a brutalising yet rewarding profession
Report from ground zero by Dennis Smith( Recording )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, a former firefighter provides an eyewitness record of events at Ground Zero and the extraordinary efforts of police, fire, and emergency medical teams
Firehouse by Jill Freedman( Book )

5 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brassy the fire engine saves the city by Dennis Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brassy the fire engine is the only truck small enough to reach an out of control fire, and he and his friend Captain Bill save the city
The little fire engine that saved the city by Dennis Smith( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reliable fire engine Number Four, retired in favor of new equipment, saves the day when the biggest fire the city has ever seen gets out of control
Report from Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith( Recording )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New York City firefighter describes his firsthand experience working in the poverty- and corruption-plagued South Bronx, detailing the hazards, bravery, and camaraderie that mark his profession
San Francisco is burning : [the untold story of the 1906 earthquake and fires] by Dennis Smith( Recording )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At 5:12 a.m. on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in history, instantly killing hundreds. The ensuing fires that ravaged the city for days were responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,000 more. In all, 522 blocks and 28,188 buildings were leveled, and some 200,000 people dislocated.This watershed event in American history has never before been told with the richness of historical detail and insight that our foremost historian of fire, Dennis Smith, brings to it in San Francisco Is Burning. Smith cinematically recounts this terrible tragedy through the stories of the people who lived through those terrible days-from a valiant naval officer who helped save the city's piers and wharves to Eugene Schmitz, the crooked mayor, to the "debonair scoundrel" Abe Ruef, the most erudite city boss in American history. Throughout, Smith reveals many unknown details about the event, from the city's great vulnerability to fire-due to its corrupt and hasty building practices-to the widespread racism the quake unleashed and the atrocities committed by national guardsmen. Told with verve and a seasoned firefighter's knowledge, San Francisco Is Burning is the gripping and definitive account of one of the greatest disasters of the twentieth century
Dennis Smith's Fire safety book : everything you need to know to save your life by Dennis Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A decade of hope : stories of grief and endurance from 9/11 families and friends by Dennis Smith( Recording )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and healing from the author of the New York Times bestseller Report from Ground Zero
Excursion fare : a play in two acts by Dennis Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concrete planet : the strange and fascinating story of the world's most common man-made material by Robert Courland( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concrete: We use it for our buildings, bridges, dams, and roads. We walk on it, drive on it, and many of us live and work within its walls. But very few of us know what it is. We take for granted this ubiquitous substance, which both literally and figuratively comprises much of modern civilization's constructed environment; yet the story of its creation and development features a cast of fascinating characters and remarkable historical episodes. This book delves into this history, opening readers' eyes at every turn. This lively narrative peppered with intriguing details describes how some of the most famous personalities of history became involved in the development and use of concrete'including King Herod the Great of Judea, the Roman emperor Hadrian, Thomas Edison (who once owned the largest concrete cement plant in the world), and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Courland points to recent archaeological evidence suggesting that the discovery of concrete directly led to the Neolithic Revolution and the rise of the earliest civilizations. Much later, the Romans reached extraordinarily high standards for concrete production, showcasing their achievement in iconic buildings like the Coliseum and the Pantheon. Amazingly, with the fall of the Roman Empire, the secrets of concrete manufacturing were lost for over a millennium. The author explains that when concrete was rediscovered in the late eighteenth century it was initially viewed as an interesting novelty or, at best, a specialized building material suitable only for a narrow range of applications. It was only toward the end of the nineteenth century that the use of concrete exploded. During this rapid expansion, industry lobbyists tried to disguise the fact that modern concrete had certain defects and critical shortcomings. It is now recognized that modern concrete, unlike its Roman predecessor, gradually disintegrates with age. Compounding this problem is another distressing fact: the manufacture of concrete cement is a major contributor to global warming. Concrete Planet is filled with incredible stories, fascinating characters, surprising facts, and an array of intriguing insights into the building material that forms the basis of the infrastructure on which we depend
Fire protection guide for industry and commerce by Dennis Smith( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Report from ground zero : the story of the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center
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Firefighters : their lives in their own wordsSan Francisco is burning : the untold story of the 1906 Earthquake and firesA decade of hope : stories of grief and endurance from 9/11 families and friendsThe final fireReport from Engine Co. 82Report from ground zeroBrassy the fire engine saves the cityThe little fire engine that saved the city
Alternative Names
Dennis Smith American firefighter

Dennis Smith Amerikaans brandweerman

Smits, Deniss 1940-

Денис Смит

دينيس سميث، 1940-

دينيس سميث رجل إطفاء من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

スミス, デニス

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