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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 MacLea Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.