On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smoke jumpers, 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.
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University of Chicago Press
November 01, 1993
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