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Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire

Maclean, Norman

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ISBN 10: 0816157340 / ISBN 13: 9780816157341
Published by University of Chicago Press, 1992, Chicago, 1992
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine--. No Printing Stated. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. A story of Montana, of the ways of wildfires, firefighters, fire scientists, and especially a crew who hadn't yet learned to count the odds. In truth, it is the author's own story, own obesession with this natural disaster. 301 pages. B&W photos, maps. Illustrated end papers. Price clipped. Really nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 004106

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Title: Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann...

Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 1992, Chicago

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine--

Edition: No Printing Stated

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A witness to the Montana Mann Gulch fire of 1949 explores the mysteries of the tragedy, with eyewitness accounts, new evidence, and research from fire scientists


A work that consumed 14 years of Maclean's life, and earned a 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award, Young Men and Fire tells the story of a Rocky Mountain forest fire that that claimed the lives of 13 young smoke jumpers on August 5, 1949, at Mann Gulch, Montana. The firefighters perished in a "blowup"--an explosive, 2,000-degree firestorm 300 feet deep and 200 feet tall. The excruciating detail of this book makes for a sobering reading experience. Maclean--a former University of Chicago English professor and avid fisherman--also wrote A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, which is set along the Missouri River, one gulch downstream from Mann.

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