Young Men and Fire [NOOK Book]

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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 scattered pieces ...
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Overview

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 scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy.

Young Men and Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

"A magnificent drama of writing, a tragedy that pays tribute to the dead and offers rescue to the living.... Maclean's search for the truth, which becomes an exploration of his own mortality, is more compelling even than his journey into the heart of the fire. His description of the conflagration terrifies, but it is his battle with words, his effort to turn the story of the 13 men into tragedy that makes this book a classic."—from New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, Best Books of 1992

"A treasure: part detective story, part western, part tragedy, part elegy and wholly eloquent ghost story in which the dead and the living join ranks cheerfully, if sometimes eerily, in a search for truth and the rest it brings."—Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory."—Timothy Foote, USA Today

"Beautiful.... A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud."—Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books

"Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge."—Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

"Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction."—John Holkeboer, The Wall Street Journal

"Maclean is always with the brave young dead. . . . They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor. . . . A great book."—James R. Kincaid, New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226501031
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 112,243
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Norman Maclean (1902-1990), woodsman, scholar, teacher, and storyteller, grew up in the Western Rocky Mountains of Montana and worked for many years in logging camps and for the United States Forestry Service before beginning his academic career. He was the William Rainey Harper Professor of English at the University of Chicago until 1973.
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Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Publisher's Note
Black Ghost
Young Men and Fire
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Maps of Gates of the Mountains and western Montana
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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 August 5, 2001

    Brilliant intellect and Deeply Emotional

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    A MUST READ

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Kala to Kato

    T.T great....

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Worth Reading - At Least the First Half

    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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  • 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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