Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire

by Murry Taylor

A gut-wrenching and compelling memoir "for readers who like books like The Perfect Storm" (Library Journal)

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156013970
  • ISBN-10: 0156013975
  • Pages: 480
  • Publication Date: 06/14/2001
  • Carton Quantity: 32

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  • About the Book

    Fighting fires since 1965, veteran smokejumper Murry Taylor finally retired from his legendary career after last summer-the worst fire season in more than fifty years. After three decades of parachuting out of planes and battling blazes in the vast, rugged wilderness of Alaska and the West, Taylor recounts in Jumping Fire, with passion and honesty, stories of man versus nature at its most furious and unforgiving. He shares what it's like to hear the deafening roar, to smell the acrid burn, to feel the intense heat, to breathe the thick fumes, and to finally run for your life with exploding flames two hundred feet high and a mile wide licking at your heels.

    Written with a keen eye for detail and a talent for storytelling, "Jumping Fire is a tale of love and loss, life and death, and sheer hard work, set in an unforgiving and unforgettable landscape, that's second only to Norman Maclean's classic Young Men and Fire" (Publishers Weekly).

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    Praise for Jumping Fire

    "A grand adventure that captures a lifestyle of violent oscillations between terror, boredom, and exhaustion."-Outside

    "A beautifully crafted, wise yet thrilling book that will endure as long as there is an appetite for vicarious adventure and a curiosity about why people are driven to do dangerous things that most of us would consider crazy."-Los Angeles Times

    "Terrifying, grimly funny . . . An affectionate portrait of a fraternity of daredevils."-The New Yorker