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The Book of Great American Firecrackers: Cherry Bombs, M-80s, Cannon Crackers, and More Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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Jack Nash is a musician, artist, and writer. He began collecting firework labels at a very early age, and eventually became a licensed pyrotechnician. Active in the entertainment field, Jack has developed special indoor pyrotechnic effects for the stage.
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Jack Nash is truly a great author and artist who just wrote a book that will forever be in my "favorite" column. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and then add it your "favorite" book column as well. If I was young - and a loved one purchased me this book as a Christmas or birthday gift - I would have exploded with joy!
Here are the titles of the 8 chapters - and a tidbit from that chapter:
1. A Brief History of the Firecracker - starting with how the Chinese stuffed bamboo with gunpowder around 1040
2. The Firecracker Comes to America - the settlers brought them but soon figured out how to make their own
3. American Firecrackers: Types, Sizes, and Innovations - Cherry bombs made here first
4. Firecrackers and the American Industrial Revolution - up until this time they were all made by hand
5. Thomas G. Hitt: America's Firecracker Genius - actually born in London [LOL]
6. Great American Firecracker Collectibles Identification and Value Guide - 15 pages of color pictures with approximate prices
7. Factory Disasters: The Biggest Bangs of All - a job there was known to be dangerous, but they paid good and always had workers.
8. Great American Firecracker Tales - laws were passed, but some people still do stupid things
If you have a pyromaniac at your house [I have 2!], a fan of fireworks, or just a history buff check out this book. You can learn, laugh, and lament at the same time.
Published by Schiffer Publishing. This book was sent to me for a book review. The words are fully my own.