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"Young Men and Fire" is THE BEST book I've ever read.
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2022
What else to say but that this is the BEST book I've ever read, and I've read a LOT of great, classic and wonderful books in my almost 70 years on this blue planet. I've read this amazing book multitudes of times over the past years, and I learn something new each time. This true story is brilliantly written with an eye to compassion and truth, a compilation of history, observation, research, investigation and critical thinking, with a soothing dose of respect and admiration not only for those 13 young Smokejumpers who lost their race with a wildfire in Mann Gulch on August 5, 1949, but also for others who were in some way deeply and personally touched by the tragic loss of life, those who were affected by this tragedy for the remainder of their days, whether a few years or a few decades. The prose used by the late, great Norman Maclean is wonderfully touching and deeply soulful, his words are like a massage to my heart and mind as I read them ... it's actually hard to properly describe. I knew almost nothing about Smokejumpers and little of the USFS before reading this book, but now I'm fascinated by the Mann Gulch tragedy in particular and by the courage and selflessness shown by Smokejumpers, and as well by the training of- and abilities shown by- those in the USFS involved with protecting our beautiful forests and wildlands from destruction by wildfires.