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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman MacLean Narrator: John MacLean Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2000 ISBN:
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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 the Montana wilderness. Less than one hour later, all but three were dead or fatally burned in a blowup, an explosive 2,000-degree firestorm 300 feet tall. Norman MacLean spent the last 14 years of his life determined to sift through grief and controversy in search of the truth behind the Mann Gulch tragedy, one of the worst disasters in the history of the Forest Service. Young Men and Fire is the culmination of his investigations. It is a story about honor, death, compassion, and the human spirit. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/9/2014

    " A true story of several fire jumpers who were killed in a forest fire in Montana. The book explores the investigation into what happened, different types of fires, and the birth of fire jumping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 phillip | 2/3/2014

    " It's about pain and survival and love and jumping out of airplanes into forest fires! Oh, and it's non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sacha | 1/28/2014

    " This book was like getting to crawl inside Norman Mclean's head. A must read for anyone who teaches about or fights wildland fires. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Brecht | 1/23/2014

    " Easily one of the most memorable books I've read. Many years after I read it I've retained images from this descriptive, melancholy narrative of young smoke jumpers who were consumed in a tornadic firestorm that occurred in along Montana's Missouri River. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Simpson | 1/21/2014

    " It's a bit a hard read, but so compellng and so tragic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/13/2014

    " feels blasphemous to give norman maclean anything less than 5 stars but it just didn't grab me the way "a river runs through it" did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerilynn Pederson | 1/10/2014

    " i reread this almost yearly. maclean writes some of the best prose ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 1/5/2014

    " Maclean spent years writing this late in his life, to honor the young men killed in this fire. Uses many angles to tell the story. Part social history, part unraveling of mystery, part reflection on writing and life itself. An old boyfriend recommended this to me in college. As I read, I could easily picture him as one of the smokejumpers. Beautiful, tragic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/18/2013

    " I read this book in college for a literature class and really enjoyed it. It gave great insight into fighting forest fires and what life is like for smoke jumpers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 12/8/2013

    " Montana fire in Mann Gulch 1949 with death of 13 aged 17-23 and 3 survivors, escape fires in grass areas, smoke jumpers, geometry of natural shapes created intense burst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Concon | 11/29/2013

    " On my top ten list. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/23/2013

    " Read this some time ago when it was handed to me by my friend, Mark. As I recall, it was a fine read. I add it to my list now because the author's "A River Runs Through It" has come into the house from the thrift store and onto my to-read shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caron | 11/17/2013

    " Well written and haunting..this true story of the smokejumpers fire disaster stayed with me the whole time I was reading it. Couldn't stop thinking about it. History, drama, tragedy..the whole shebang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciaobella | 5/13/2010

    " Norman Maclean's touching prose brings to life this Montana tragedy. While difficult to accept the final moments of this fire fighting crew, the way he pieces together the puzzle makes it unforgettable reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Mccallum | 8/22/2009

    " Probably the best book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/17/2008

    " I found it a that the writing style was a little difficult for me to get into but it was an interesting subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 12/15/2006

    " This is an amazing book. The writing is beautiful, the story is tragic and compelling. This one definitely goes on the re-read pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley Brown | 7/15/2003

    " !This was such an enlightning true story of the Mann Gulch Fire near Helena, Montana in 1949. It was especially meaningful to to me as I lost a brother and a nephew in a wildfire in Utah in 2007. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 9/3/2001

    " This book really felt unfinished (it really was, or so I hear) and could have been a lot better but it did make me feel like I was up there in the gulch with a huge forest fire crowning. "

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About the Author
Author Norman MacLean

Norman Maclean grew up in and around Missoula, Montana, where he worked in logging camps and for the US Forest Service. He attended Dartmouth College and taught English for forty-six years at the University of Chicago. He began writing A River Runs Through It in his seventies at the request of his children.

About the Narrator

John Norman Maclean, a longtime Washington journalist and prizewinning author, has published several books on wildland fire, including one about the 2006 Esperanza Fire in Southern California. In order to provide an accurate account of what firefighters go through, he has spent over a decade working with them, taking their training classes, and listening to their personal stories, calling it the best job hes ever had. He resigned from the Chicago Tribune in 1995, after thirty years of working as a reporter and editor, to write Fire on the Mountain, a critically acclaimed account of the 1994 fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado, which took the lives of fourteen firefighters. The book, a national bestseller, received the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for the best nonfiction book of 1999. A History Channel documentary based on Fire on the Mountain won the Cine Masters Award for Excellence as the best documentary of 2003.