Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

Young Men and Fire is a non-fiction book written by Norman Maclean and edited by his son, John Norman Maclean. It is an account of Norman Maclean's research of the Mann Gulch fire of 1949 and the 13 men who died there. The fire occurred in Mann Gulch in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness on August 5. Norman Maclean and Laird Robinson try to forensically decipher the official report of the United States Forest Service of the fire, the testimony of the four men who fought the fire and lived, along with the research and report of Harry T. Gisborne (who would suffer a fatal heart attack at Mann Gulch two months later trying to get to the bottom of the tragedy) and his companion on the ridge that day, Robert Jansson. Jansson was ranger of the Helena National Forest's Canyon Ferry District, the area that included Mann Gulch, on duty the day of the fire. Maclean and Laird would also take the only two living survivors of the fire team (Wag Dodge died in 1955), Walter Rumsey and Robert Sallee, back to the scene of the fire in 1978, hoping that walking the ground again would help solve some of the missing pieces. Additionally Laird and Maclean would use the modern Fire Lab, and their mathematical analysis, advances in fire methodology not available in 1949, to search for answers to the fire.

The 916th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Young Men and Fire Paperback 3007525 $5.85 $1.18
Young Men and Fire 1st (first) edition Text Only Hardcover 1510489 $16.14 $2.72
Young Men and Fire Paperback 409780 $22.31 $2.12 1993
Young Men and Fire Kindle Edition 59310 $9.99 2010
Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire Hardcover 90673 $8.89 $0.01 1992
A River Runs Through It Hardcover 108137 $19.19 $2.07 1989
A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories Paperback 279085 $2.29 $0.01 1992
A River Runs Through It: Four Disc Special Edition with Bonus Material Audio CD 409894 $9.43 $3.00 2006
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories Mass Market Paperback 1341717 $14.95 $0.01 1992
Young Men and Fire Pb Paperback 5265153 $29.97 $0.98
Young Men & Fire Audio Cassette 3789185 $3.84 $3.55 2000
Young Men and Fire Hardcover 2930491 $12.81 $2.50
Norman MacLean Collection: A River Runs Through It, Young Men & Fire, and On The Big Blackfoot Audio Cassette 9947867 $39.95 $12.18 2001
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories Audio CD 1486604 $14.36 $9.99 2010
Young Men and Fire Paperback 42514 $4.89 $0.01 1993
Young Men and Fire Audible Audio Edition 33653 $21.43 2017
Young Men & Fire Audio CD 1356721 $15.38 $9.98 2008
Young Men & Fire/a True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) Hardcover 3978264 $133.28 $0.01
By Norman Maclean Young Men and Fire (Reissue) [Paperback] Paperback 1707072 $34.92 $30.59 1993