Books by Matthew Desmond
In this rugged account of a rugged profession, Matthew Desmond explores the heart and soul of the wildland firefighter. Having joined a firecrew in Northern Arizona as a young man, Desmond relates his experiences with intimate knowledge and native ease, adroitly balancing emotion with analysis and action with insight. "On the Fireline "shows that these firefighters aren t the adrenaline junkies or romantic heroes as they re so often portrayed.
An immersion into a dangerous world, "On the Fireline "is also a sophisticated analysis of a high-risk profession and a captivating read.
Gripping . . . a masterful account of how young men are able to face down wildfire, and why they volunteer for such an enterprise in the first place. David Grazian, "Sociological Forum"
Along with the risks and sorrow, Desmond also presents the humor and comaraderie of ordinary men performing extraordinary tasks.. . . Agood complement to Norman Maclean's "Young Men and Fire." Recommended. "Library Journal""
In the end, this project is not merely about race; it is a theoretical reconsideration of the fundamental problems of order, agency, power, and social justice. "The Racial Order" is a challenging work of social theory, institutional and cultural analysis, and normative inquiry."