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Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire / Edition 1
     

Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire / Edition 1

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by John N. MacLean
 

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ISBN-10: 0743410386

ISBN-13: 2900743410389

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Washington Square Press

In this acclaimed bestseller of investigative journalism, John N. Maclean chronicles the deadly 1994 Colorado forest fire that was wrongly identified at the outset as occuring in South Canyon. This misidentification was the first in a string of seemingly minor human errors that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting as

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In this acclaimed bestseller of investigative journalism, John N. Maclean chronicles the deadly 1994 Colorado forest fire that was wrongly identified at the outset as occuring in South Canyon. This misidentification was the first in a string of seemingly minor human errors that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting as fourteen men and women firefighters—experts in their field—lost their lives battling the South Canyon blaze.

This stunning reconstruction of the fire and its aftermath, drawn from Maclean's exhaustive research and countless interviews, reveals fascinating insights into what went wrong, and how so many top-notch firefighters fell victim to nature at its most unforgiving. A page-turning adventure narrative brimming with action and intensity, Fire on the Mountain offers a powerful and indelible profile of a special breed of people who put thier lives on the line as part of their daily jobs.

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ISBN-13:
2900743410389
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

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Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This writer refuses to whitewash the errors made by many of those who fight wildfire and manage the fights -- endeavors that attract some folks with colossal egos that often clash and result in the deaths of the folks who fight these wildfires. I would say, before you consider putting those boots on, read this book and Fire and Ashes. You may think twice, although, to their credit, the no-one-is-at-fault attitude is giving way to a more frank appraisal of what went wrong when the young and brave die fighting these fires. Excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norman Maclean, himself a former firefighter and woodsman, wrote an excellent account of the Mann Gulch fire. His work was tempered by the distance of time, benefit of age, and experience in the woods. This is obvious through his interaction with the survivors and his search for what happened on that hill. In contrast, John Maclean's account of the South Canyon fire is riddled with accusations, contradicitions of his own statements and interpretations, and the generally muckraking tone. There is searching for truth and then there is searching for animus. I wish he had left this story to those who've spent a bit more time in boots than in Chicago.
VOFSAR More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful tribute to all of those who risk their lives for us. Unless you have been in their shoes, one cannot comprehend the risks and the dangers of this profession. Wonderful tribute to those who perished, and an eyeopener to those who could have prevented the trajedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book would give anybody a good look at what all goes on to fight a fire, even if it is only a small one. Most people already have high respect for firefighters, this will raise your respect exponentially!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This truly outstanding volume satisfies from a journalistic standpoint, as well as just being a great read. Maclean's research was extensive and he interviewed virtually everyone who had anything to do with the tragedy on Storm King Mountain. He weaves this background material into one of the most compelling nonfictional narratives I've personally ever read. I could hardly put this book down. This book represents investigative reporting at its absolute best. In addition,it serves as a memorial to those who died on the mountain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fire On The Mountain is a very touching account of the fatal fire that claimed the lives of 14 firefighters on Storm King Mountain on July 6, 1994. Interviews and personal acounts are in depth giving a view into the personal insite of the firefigters on the mountain. The book also goes into the investigation of the fire as investigators try to find the true cause of the 14 deaths. Maclean does a great job of keeping the readers interest during the entire book. This book is going to be of great interest to those in the fire service as well as those who are just intersted in a great account of such a tradjic event in these firefigters and their family's lives. A definate must read.