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The Resource Young men & fire, Norman Maclean

Young men & fire, Norman Maclean

Label
Young men & fire
Title
Young men & fire
Statement of responsibility
Norman Maclean
Title variation
Young men and fire
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen Smokejumpers, the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Less than two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or fatally burned. Exactly what happened in Mann Gulch that day has been obscured by years of grief and controversy. Now a master storyteller finally gives the Mann Gulch fire its due as tragedy. Norman Maclean
  • first saw the Mann Gulch fire as it still burned in mid-August 1949, and even then he knew he would one day become a part of its story. Maclean spent the last fourteen years of his life studying and reliving the fire. Young Men and Fire is the long-awaited result, a story of Montana, of the ways of wildfires, firefighters, and fire scientists, and especially of a crew, young and proud, who "hadn't learned to count the odds and to sense they might owe the universe a
  • tragedy." This tale is also Maclean's own, the story of a writer obsessed by a strange and human horror, unable to let the truth die with these young men, searching for the last - and lasting - word. Nature's violence collides with human fallibility in Young Men and Fire. The Smokejumpers in Mann Gulch are trapped by a "blowup," a deadly explosion of flame and wind rarely encountered and little understood at the time. Only seconds ahead of the approaching firestorm, the
  • foreman, R. Wagner Dodge, throws himself into the ashes of an "escape fire " - and survives as his confused men run, their last moments obscured by smoke. The parents of the dead cry murder, charging that the foreman's fire killed their boys. Years later, Maclean returns to the scene with two of the survivors and pursues the mysteries that Mann Gulch has kept hidden since 1949. From the words of witnesses, the evidence of history, and the research of fire scientists,
  • Maclean at last assembles the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy
Related
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
Award
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, 1992.
  • ALA Notable Book, 1993.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
154545
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
634.9/618/0978664
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
SD421.32.M9
LC item number
M33 1992
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
SD421.32.M9M33
NAL item number
1992
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Young men & fire, Norman Maclean
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
  • Black ghost
  • Young men and fire
Control code
33898
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 301 p., 16 p. of plates
Isbn
9780226500621
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92011890
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25630633
  • (OCoLC)25630633
Label
Young men & fire, Norman Maclean
Link
Publication
Contents
  • Black ghost
  • Young men and fire
Control code
33898
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 301 p., 16 p. of plates
Isbn
9780226500621
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92011890
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25630633
  • (OCoLC)25630633

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