Into the Smoke with New York's Bravest

Thomas Barry
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Into the Smoke with New York's Bravest

By Thomas Barry & Michael Dick

Into the Smoke is a work of photojournalism and traces Tom Barry’s career as a firefighter—spanning parts of four decades in FDNY—along with the forty-year effort of noted freelance photographer Michael Dick.

The era covered in this book is best known in the fire service on the east coast of the United States as the War Years, the urban decay and social unrest that started in the 1960s and persisted, continually fed by arson for profit, into the 1990s.

Firefighting is a truckie blindly crawling down a smoke-filled hallway, searching for victims, hoping to find them before the fire does. It is an engine operator, calling on the last ounce of strength and pushing deeper into the apartment to extinguish the fire in the rear bedroom and beat the “Red Devil” one more time.

Fellowship of the firefighter
Fantasies from childhood intertwine with the terror of impending death, the pain of disfigurement, the joys of success, and the comradeship and respect of their peers.

Many of the fires depicted in this book predate OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. This period was a fertile stage for innovation and development of firefighting techniques and equipment.

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  • 5
    Into The Smoke

    Posted by Justin Call on Jan 11th 2023

    Great book you feel as your were there! Great Photography!

  • 5

    Posted by William Kebler on Dec 12th 2021

    This is a nice pictorial book with a story

  • 5
    Into the smoke

    Posted by John Barry on Sep 16th 2021

    This is the second book I purchased from them the first one New York’s bravest their lives on the line was a classic in my fire house Old school pictures black-and-white many were taken right on the fire floor crawling down the hallway with the guys the author tells stories of a busy time in the FDNY history during the war years in the South Bronx and Harlem if you’re into the job or just the history of the FDNY this is a must have book nice job.

  • 5

    Posted by Joyce Conroy DR. on Aug 26th 2021

    The book is fantastic! I stayed up until 1 am last night to finish it. I'll put it in the general library records tomorrow. This means that 47 other libraries in our consortium will have access to it. The book reads quickly with a combination of short war stories and a thumbnail sketch of firemen. The photos are striking, and some are sad, but the reader is seeing firefighting as it happened. I would recommend this book to anyone! Sincerely, Dr. Conroy, Director of the Roscoe Free Library

  • 5
    Into the Smoke

    Posted by WILLIAM G DEWALD on Aug 3rd 2021

    Great book. We are Lucky Michael Dick was there to document the War Years by his photographs...

  • 5
    Book Review

    Posted by Josh Drouard on Aug 2nd 2021

    If you liked Report From Engine Co, 82 you will like this book as well. It is from the same era of FDNY firefighting and loaded with goods stories and plenty of photos.