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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||viii, 301 p., 16 p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Black ghost --
Young men and fire.
|Other Titles:||Young men and fire.|
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.
- Forest fires -- Montana -- Mann Gulch -- Prevention and control.
- Smokejumpers -- United States.
- United States. -- Forest Service -- Officials and employees.
- United States. -- Forest Service.
- Forêts -- Incendies -- États-Unis.
- Forests -- Fires -- History
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