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Young Men & Fire

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226500621
Author(s): Norman MacLean
Format: Paperback
Year: 2003
Edition: New edition
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 145 x 216 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 301
Pages: 14-18

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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 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"
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