GHOSTS OF THE FIREGOUND: A SEASON OF REVELATION IN THE CALLING OF A WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER
Author: Peter M. Leschak
Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING, Aug 2002
A firefighter's remarkable firsthand account of the lessons of tragedy, courage, & faith in the epic struggle between man & fire. 6x9 inches, 384 pgs.
In April of 2000, on the brink of one of the most ferocious fire seasons ever recorded, Peter Leschak discovers the diary of Father Pernin, a surivor of a wildfire that hit Peshtigo Wisconsin in 1871. Throughout this harrowing summer, Leschak takes us through Pernin's dangerous clash with the Great Peshtigo Fire, while reflecting on his own journey from the ministry to fireground leader. In doing so, Leschak captures the sacred and mysterious pull of the fireground and breathes life into one of the most astounding and little-known disasters to ever hit this country.
From Father Pernin's struggle with an inferno so hot that not ever refuge in Lake Michigan guaranteed safety, to Peter Lescahk's breathtaking frontline battles 130 years later, Ghosts of the Fireground weaves seamlessly between these compelling adventures, offering a breathtaking look at the courageous and noble pursuit that is wildland firefighting.
"Leschak is an acute observer with genuine affection for his material...a talented writer." --New York Times Book Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Leschak author of several nonfiction books, has also written for periodicals including harper's New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Outdoor Life, New Age Journal, and many others. Leschak won the prestigious Minnesota Book Award in 1995. He lives in Minnesota.