Jumping Fire on the air and in the news
Morning Edition interview:
Listen to Murry Taylor's March 22, 2000, interview on NPR's Morning Edition.
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Fire featured in 12/20/01 New York Review of Books:
him, overcoming forest fires is a way of life, an end in itself,
and, above all, a definition of heroic manhood, rather than
a question of policy," writes the New York Review of
Books, which reviewed Jumping Fire alongside Year
of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910 by
Stephen J. Pyne and Fire by Sebastian Junger in the
12/20/01 issue of The New York Review of Books.
| Publicity 2000-2001
show interview, KFIZ Fond du Lac Wisconsin, Aug 28
with Barbara Munker of German Press Agency. She will do
article on Jumping Fire in next issue. Aug 20th.
TV Portland, Ore. Six O'Clock News. Comments on Western
Governor's Wildfire Plan. Aug 20th.
appearance from the Quartz Fire Camp on MSNBC News with
Brian Williams. Aug 16th.
MSNBC News with Brian Williams, Wed. Aug 15th
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Afternoon Magazine 4:00
PM Central time. A one-hour talk/call-in show, August
and Noble in Medford. Ore. Aug. 23rd
News and World Report,
August 13th issue, 2001
York Times, July 2001 Op-Ed Piece (requires purchase)
on KVON, Napa, Cal. July 19th, 2001
Copper River Public Radio NPR affiliate, Valdez, Alaska
Maturity Magazine, April Edition
Interview with Murray about his smokejumping career and
Tell the Truth, TV quiz show, May 5th, 2001
Check local listings for exact time.
|Paperback Edition released by Harvest Books June 2001
D.C., June 4th-13th,
Murry testified before congressional subcommittees
regarding the current mismanagement and wasteful spending
on large forest fires. Murry traveled to Washington
at the behest of American Lands and testified with members of the Klamath Forest Alliance and
The Citizens For Better Forestry headquartered in Eureka.
Journal, June 2000:
"For readers who like
books like Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm."
May 15, 2000:
"This is a tale of love and loss, life and death, and
sheer hard work set in an unforgiving and unforgettable
"Taylor describes the vastness of the fires, the land
on which they feed, and the immense challenge faced
by those who dare interfere with nature's burning desires.
The book moves fast; read the short glossary of jumper
terms in the back of the book first, so as not to get
lost in jumper lingo. Then dive into the intense pleasure
of Jumping Fire."
Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2000:
"... this is a book for smokejumpers and hard-core
fans of adrenaline literature."
Publishers Weekly, July 17, 2000:
"A large group of local forest firefighters was on hand
(at 23rd Street Books in Portland, Oregon) to cheer
Taylor on, create a spectacle and buy his book. Taylor
is completing a tour of the West Coast that will end
in Fairbanks, Alaska, the location of the Alaska Smokejumpers
The Los Angeles Times:
* Best Book of 2000
"Jumping Fire is 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."
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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