Fire is a powerful force of nature, and one that we cannot always control. An accidental fire can destroy an entire neighborhood. But imagine what our life would be like without fire: we would have no cooked food, no artificial light, and no way of keeping warm in a cool climate. Fire enables us to make pottery and metals, and bricks to build with. It allowed us to invent the steam engine and the internal combustion engine. This new title in the You Wouldn't Want to Live Without series is an entertaining and informative account of what fire has done for us—and what it might do in the future.