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Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire

John N. McClean
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Memoirs
Price: 14.99
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"THE DRAMATIC TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE SOUTH CANYON FIRE -- THE DEVASTATING FOREST FIRE THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF FOURTEEN FIREFIGHTERS" In this acclaimed bestseller of investigative journalism, John N. Maclean chronicles the deadly 1994 Colorado forest fire that was wrongly identified at the outset as occurring in South Canyon. This misidentification was the first in a string of seemingly minor human errors that would be compounded into one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of firefighting as fourteen men and women firefighters -- experts in their field -- lost their lives battling the South Canyon blaze. This stunning reconstruction of the fire and its aftermath, drawn from Maclean's exhaustive research and countless interviews, reveals fascinating insights into what went wrong, and how so many top-notch firefighters fell victim to nature at its most unforgiving. A page-turning adventure narrative brimming with action and intensity, "Fire on the Mountain" offers a powerful and indelible profile of a special breed of people who put their lives on the line as part of their daily jobs.

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    chain1douglas, Sat, 24 Nov 2007 03:34:45 UTC.
    1st review

    Any one interested in fighting wildland fires should check out this book. Yes it has its slow moments but this really happened and it could have happened to any one of us. I have had crew boss's that have made this required reading.

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    Ltpitcher, Thu, 19 Jun 2008 16:18:03 UTC.

    this book is a awsome sotry that tells the storie of the best of the best what a tragic story well prestented...

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    Account Removed, Thu, 24 Jul 2008 18:20:12 UTC.

    very good book im not much of a book reader but when a buddy told me to read I couldnt put the book down. I give it 2 thumbs up.

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    FIRE25MAN, Fri, 25 Jul 2008 07:10:15 UTC.

    other good book

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    jmkilgore52, Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:16:31 UTC.


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    Account Removed, Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:21:15 UTC.

    A must read for any firefighter!

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    93xx39, Sat, 11 Apr 2009 03:22:05 UTC.

    My partner on the ambulance lent me his copy of this book before I eventually joined his department (and bought myself my own copy). I was utterly captivated, and by then end felt the profound loss of those 14 firefighters. I immediately wanted to become a wildland firefighter. My service is dedicated to their memories, and to the memories of all who have lost their lives battling the beast, so that others may live.

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    sandy2501, Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:31:31 UTC.

    I enjoyed

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