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Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
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Jun 30, 11

Read from June 24 to 25, 2011

I really enjoyed this one. It is about the tragic death of 13 smoke jumpers in the Mann Gulch forest fire. It is part narrative and part investigation of what really happened during the final minutes as the 30 foot wall of flames swept up the mountain side at 7.5 miles per hour overtaking the men. Norman Maclean who wrote "A River Runs Through It" does a great job telling the story. The sense of foreboding and tragedy powerfully drive the story forward.

It gets a little dry at times in the second have as he personally tries to find out what really happened on the mountainside. I find myself interested in and educated about forest fires after reading this book. It exposed me to a profession and a world I knew little about.
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