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Fireworks Paperback – May 29, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books Ed edition (May 29, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385263252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385263252
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on July 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
George Plimpton is either the black cat or the leopard of the literary world. Or both. Like a black cat he has 9 lives -- or more. Unlike the leopard, he can change spots.
In his earlier books, Plimpton has written of his participation in a variety of sports from football "The Paper Lion" to baseball in "Out of my League" to professional golf in "The Bogey Man." He changes literary spots by publishing such diverse works as "Writers at Work" and "American Journey; the Times of Robert Kennedy."
In FIREWORKS he breaks new ground. He is the "unofficial official" Fireworks Commissioner of New York City and he takes his job VERY seriously.
He begins with a bang. His personal memories of childhood and adulthood firecracker expeditions, covering both successes and traumas. In the second section he relates the history of explosives and follows this with accounts of "fireworks families" in the United States.
The book bursts with glorious illustrations. I can't pick a favorite picture! It's an expensive book, but it's worth every penny.
I read this book because I enjoy Plimpton's vicarious lives. Fireworks didn't interest me a bit. They do now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Luna on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first read this book while sitting in the office of our fireworks shop in NJ. I got about 12 pages in and realized that Mr. Plimpton knew the fellow I was working for. When I questioned my boss about this, he said 'George? Hell, he used to come down and shoot with us - he loves fireworks'. Unfortunately he had passed on before I read the book, it would have been interesting to shoot a show with him. However the stories and information in the book show how taken he was with the craft of fireworks. For the casual fireworks fan, or for the dedicated pyrotechnician, you will find this book most enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on July 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
George Plimpton is either the black cat or the leopard of the literary world. Or both. Like a black cat he has 9 lives -- or more. Unlike the leopard, he can change spots.
In his earlier books, Plimpton has written of his participation in a variety of sports from football "The Paper Lion" to baseball in "Out of my League" to professional golf in "The Bogey Man." He changes literary spots by publishing such diverse works as "Writers at Work" and "American Journey; the Times of Robert Kennedy."
In FIREWORKS he breaks new ground. He is the "unofficial official" Fireworks Commissioner of New York City and he takes his job VERY seriously.
He begins with a bang. His personal memories of childhood and adulthood firecracker expeditions, covering both successes and traumas. In the second section he relates the history of explosives and follows this with accounts of "fireworks families" in the United States.
The books bursts with glorious illustrations. I can't pick a favorite picture! This isn't a cheap book, but it's worth every penny.
I read this book because I enjoy Plimpton's vicarious lives. Fireworks didn't interest me a bit. They do know.
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