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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date November 15, 1993
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226500621
ISBN-10 0226500624
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
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

"An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory."—Timothy Foote, USA Today

"Beautiful.... A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud."—Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books

"Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge."—Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

"Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction."—John Holkeboer, The Wall Street Journal

"Maclean is always with the brave young dead. . . . They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor. . . . A great book."—James R. Kincaid, New York Times Book Review


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780226500614
 
from Univ of Chicago Pr (September 1, 1992)
9780226500614 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $22.00
About: 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
Paperback
Book cover for 9780226500621
 
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Reissue edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (November 15, 1993)
9780226500621 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.00
About: 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
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781598875935
 
With John MacLean (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (July 1, 2008)
9781598875935 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $24.95
About: On August 5, 1949, a crew of 15 of the U.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With John MacLean (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (November 1, 2000)
9781565113961 | details & prices | 4.50 × 6.75 × 1.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $24.95
About: 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.
With John MacLean (other contributor) | from Northsound Music Group Inc (October 1, 1993)
9780939643509 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $24.95
About: This National Book Critics Circle Award-winner is a riveting account of the Mann Gulch fire, its aftermath, and Maclean's 14-year investigation of the fatal fire.
Prebinding
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 26, 2008)
9781439505663 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $25.00

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