Young Men & Fire

Written by:
Norman MacLean
Narrated by:
John MacLean

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2008
6 hours 3 minutes
On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen 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 fourteen 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.
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Great book for those who love to examine historical events, especially events few people may be aware of. The author's special connection to this story was evident in the passion with which he writes. Wonderful use of storytelling, research, theology, and historical observation.

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Doug M.

Just OK

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Margaret C.

I think it was perfect well-versed and it was delicious to read people in the fire industry

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Amanda S.

Excellent.... so much learned from lives lost.

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Thomas G.

it's always good to remember those who have died in the service of others. this book is very informative. narrator does a good job. very easy to understand.

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