Young Men and Fire

    • 3.9 • 19 Ratings
    • $14.99

    • $14.99

Publisher Description

On August 5, 1949, a crew of 15 of the U.S. Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in Montana wilderness. Less than an hour later, all but three were dead or fatally burned in a "blowup," an explosive 2,000 degree firestorm 300 feet deep and 200 feet tall.

Winner of a 1992 National Book Critic Award, Young Men & Fire consumed 14 years of Norman Maclean's life. He sifted through grief and controversy in search of the truth about the Mann Gulch tragedy, then wrote about it in excruciating detail. The sobering story of the worst disaster in the history of the Forest Service also embraces the themes of honor, death, compassion, rebirth, and the human spirit.

Biographies & Memoirs
John MacLean
hr min
July 1
HighBridge Audio

Customer Reviews

AKQuilterChick ,

Sad but good book

Ok so the guy reading the book put me to sleep but go and read the book on your own and it is a very very good book but they need a better guy to read it alowd cus the voice in very moniton so to wrap it all up sad but terrific book but don't buy the audio because of the guys voice but Go and read the book
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ffdb47 ,

Great book, bad reading

As the previous review states, the reader is very monotone and lacks emotion. The book is read by the deceased author's brother. Even though this is a small distraction, this is a must "read".

ManchaDad ,

All in the family

It has always saddened me that Norman Maclean never wrote more since he was so poetic a writer. Young Men and Fire is a treasure and no exception to Maclean's lyricism, despite being a work of non-fiction. And what a piece of non-fiction! It reads like a detective novel but with the personal care of a man in love with the land and his time in the Forest Service. There is no better homage to the men that died in Mann Gulch. John Maclean is Norman's son, not his brother, and yes his voice is a bit of a challenge, but as someone who has written his own book about young people and fire, and the son of a such a fine writer, this is more than worth the listen.

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