Picks and Pans Review: Fire
By Sebastian Junger
The incendiary title of this collection of essays pretty much says it all. Forest blazes in the Rockies, battlefields in Kosovo, whale hunting in the Caribbean—wherever there is action, combat or just a jolt of adrenaline, Junger, author of the 1997 blockbuster The Perfect Storm, has been there.
With the nation's appetite for hard news whetted by the events of Sept. 11, his timing could not be better. Among the 10 previously published magazine pieces, there is Junger's profile of Afghan rebel Ahmad Shah Massoud, the anti-Taliban leader who was mortally wounded hours before the attack on the World Trade Center. Although repeat customers will recognize the author's morbid curiosity (Wondering what it feels like to burn to death? Your answer is here), none of the stories carries the drama of the near-perfect Storm. (Norton, $23.95)
Bottom Line: Red-meat reportage for die-hard newshounds
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