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By Mark Matthews

ISBN-10: 0806138572

ISBN-13: 9780806138572

ISBN-10: 0806140348

ISBN-13: 9780806140346

Mann Gulch, Montana, 1949. 16 males ventured into hell to struggle a raging wildfire; basically 3 got here out alive. Searing the fireplace into the nation’s recognition, Norman Maclean chronicled the Mann Gulch tragedy in his award-winning publication Young males and Fire. nonetheless, the silence of the sufferers’ households robbed Maclean’s account of a necessary own measurement. transferring the focal point from the fireplace to the lads who fought it, Mark Matthews now presents that perspective.

Not till 1999—the 50th anniversary of the fire—did humans start to speak overtly approximately Mann Gulch. Matthews has garnered these options to bare how devastating the fireplace was once to the firefighters’ relations, coworkers, and buddies. In retelling the tale of Mann Gulch, he attracts at the testimony of the 3 survivors—including never-before-published insights from the final residing member of the team—and interviews with former smoke jumpers of that period. the result's a moment-by-moment, heart-stopping new edition of events.

The Mann Gulch tragedy provoked the woodland carrier to boost safeguard gear and coaching courses, yet scuffling with wildfires continues to be a deadly job.

Matthews’ stirring account renews our recognize for one in every of nature’s primal forces. A heartbreakingly human tale, it nonetheless haunts a firefighting community—and retains today’s firefighters endlessly on guard.

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