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John Maclean (son of Norman Maclean, who wrote both A River Runs Through It and an award-winning account of Montana's deadly 1949 Mann Gulch fire) skillfully unfolds that summer's foreboding blow-by-blow. Fire on the Mountain weaves together a tense narrative of almost cinematic action, starring ballsy cowboy smokejumpers, frustrated federal middle managers, seasoned "hotshots" flown in like commandos, pissed-off tanker pilots, and well-intentioned but spin-wary politicians. Maclean's well-sketched personalities bring the action on the ground convincingly to life--and knowing up front that many of his main characters won't survive South Canyon makes this tragic tale that much more compelling. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
a very well written book. hard to read at times. the author did a fabulous job bringing this tragedy to life. thank you for telling the storyPublished 1 month ago by denise liscom
This book is very very personal for me because sadly, one of the 14 fire fighters that lost their lives was my friend. RIP Doug.Published 1 month ago by Chris
Over the last 20 years I have come to know many of the personnel involved in this Fire & the writing rings true. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jm
This was great reading. I was somewhat emotional at times. I am a retired U.S. Forest Service employee and firefighter and knew several of the Prineville crew members. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jack
I thought this was an amazing, yet tragedy that was never really "famous" for happening. The author did an ecceptional job in his writings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kathleen
A very good depiction of the events both leading to and following a tragic loss of firefighters in Colorado. Very thorough research by the author.Published 9 months ago by James Mcnamara
I have a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson that have worked the fires in Montana, so I was very interested because of the danger all firefighters go through.Published 12 months ago by Cecile Bolin
Another fine well-researched insightful book that every young firefighter needs to read and learn from.
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