About the Book
459 pages Reprint edition (June 14, 2001)
Hardcover - 464 pages
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A veteran smokejumper recounts his three
decades parachuting out of planes and fighting wildfires in the rugged
West, told within the framework of one thrilling season.
During one incendiary summer, Murry Taylor kept an extensive journal of
his day-to-day activities as an Alaskan smokejumper. It wasnt his
first season fighting wildfires, and hes far from being a rookiehes
been on the job since 1965. Through this narrative of one busy season,
Taylor reflects on the years of training, the harrowing, adrenaline-fueled
jumps, his brushes with death, the fires he conquered, and the ones that
got away. Its a world full of bravado, one with epic battles of
man versus nature, resulting in stories of death-defying defeats and serious
injury, and occasionally tragedy. We witness Taylors story; learn
of the training, preparation, technology, and latest equipment used in
fighting wildfires; and get to know his fellow smokejumpers in the ready
room, on the tundra, and in the vast forests of one the last great wilderness
areas in the world.
Often thrilling and informative and always entertaining, Taylors
memoir is one of the first autobiographical accounts of a legendary career.
To arrange an interview contact Harcourt Publicity at 629-699-6219/FAX 619-699-6555 or call Victoria Shoemaker at 510-985-1422.
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Murry A. Taylor
has been a smokejumper since 1965. He divides his time between Alaska
and northern California. Jumping Fire is his first book. Taylor's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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