In the tradition of Sebastian Jungeras The Perfect Storm and Robert Kursonas Shadow Divers comes a true and heartbreaking tale of courage, difficult decisions, and ultimate sacrifice. On the Burning Edge, by award-winning journalist and former wildland firefighter Kyle Dickman, is the definitive account of the Yarnell Hill Fire. On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefightersathe Granite Mountain Hotshotsawalked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and emergency fire shelters on their hips. Only one of them walked out. Dickman brings to the story a professional firefighteras understanding of how wildfires ignite, how they spread, and how they are fought. He understands hotshots and their culture: the pain and glory of a rough and vital job, the brotherly bonds born of dangerous work. Drawing on dozens of interviews with officials, families of the fallen, and the lone survivor, he describes in vivid detail what itas like to stand inside a raging fireaand shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harmas way in the coming years. Praise for On the Burning Edge aWhat makes this book a tear-jerking classic is the seamless manner in which Dickman weaves a century of fire-management history into the fully realized stories of the menas livesathe sweat, the adrenaline, the orange glow of fire within their aluminum shelters, and the chewing gum that hotshot Scott Norris left in the shower before telling his girlfriend, Heather, aIall take care of it later. I promise.aaaOutside aDickman offers a riveting account of a dangerous occupation and acts of nature most violentaand those who face both down.aaLibrary Journal From the Hardcover edition.rant McKee parked his aging Dodge Neon by a row of pickups out front of an aluminum-sided shop in Prescott, Arizona. The air shook with the punch of nail guns and the rattle of diesel engines, and a dry breeze wicked the last of wintera#39;s anbsp;...
|Title||:||On the Burning Edge|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2015-05-12|