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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Young Men and Fire tells the story of an out of control wildfir

    Young Men and Fire tells the story of an out of control wildfire that took the lives of thirteen firefighters in August of 1949. The book recounts the tragic events as they occurred on that day along with the authors investigations into what exactly happened on the mountain. For the most part the book kept me intrigued especially the telling of the fire as it happened. However the writer did tend to drag on with details of fire behavior and the science behind what occurred at Mann Gulch. The author, Norman Mclean, delved deep into the wildfire at Mann gulch, and at times almost too deep. He was obsessed with uncovering the truth of that fire, and his obsessive investigations often times slowed down the book. The investigations, even if they did slow down the book, were also vital to both the reader and the author in order to comprehend that tragic day. The story does pick back up at the end when all the facts come together, and the author is finally able to piece together the events of that day and come to his own personal conclusion. I would have enjoyed the book more if it was more about the day itself rather than the aftermath, yet it was also a very informative read that kept me wanting to read till the end. For somebody wanting to read a fast paced book about a deadly wildfire this might not be the book for you. If the study of wildfires and fire science interests you then this would be the book you should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    Too much in between

    Overall this was a fair book about the fire. I felt that the author did too much regarding his personal feelings and spent a lot of time talking about treking up and down the gulch, dehydration, his horse and if he would trip / fall. When he did cover fire science it was very informative. It took too long for him to finally reach the pinnicle of the book - retracing the steps and final minutes of the smoke jumpers. I could not read it in one sitting - much of the middle part of the book lost my interest and I found myself scanning rather than hanging on each word.

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