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Young Men and Fire
     

Young Men and Fire

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by Norman Maclean
 

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On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts back together the

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Young Men and Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norman MacLean writes a masterpiece about a small band of smoke jumpers in Montana. He informs the reader about fire science and the job of the smoke jumper in a manner exemplifying a brilliant intellect that even a novice to the job would enjoy. He then pulls you into the lives of each of the smoke jumpers and leaves you with a deeply emotional lesson about the job and their lives. A must read for those who enjoy a story of the human spirit and the preciousness of life itself. A permanent book in my private collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 5 years ago. It was loaned to me, and I am now ordering it to read it again. Simply could not put it down. The story of tragedy for many, and triumph for a few.
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JGRBRIT More than 1 year ago
Interesting book on the fire but the author was obsessive about it to say the very least and some of the discussion concerning his subsequent investigations were somewhat tedious.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.