• Author : Jason A. Ramos,Julian Smith
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2015-07-14
  • ISBN : 9780062319647

Smokejumper Book Review:

A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes. Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America's front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping’s remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.


  • Author : Emma Jones
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Pages : 26
  • Relase : 2015-12-15
  • ISBN : 9781508143918

Smokejumpers Book Review:

Smokejumpers have chosen a career that calls for them to run into places that others are told to run away from. These brave people parachute into forest fires to battle dangerous blazes. Readers discover what it takes to follow this career path through exciting text, a clear graphic organizer, and eye-catching fact boxes. Vibrant photographs of smokejumpers at work show reader the danger and thrill of this career up close. What kind of training is needed in order to become a smokejumper? Readers will enjoy finding the answers to this and many more questions about smokejumpers.

The Magazine: The Complete Archives

The Magazine: The Complete Archives
  • Author : Glenn Fleishman
  • Publisher : Aperiodical LLC
  • Pages : 1814
  • Relase : 2015-08-12
  • ISBN : 9780991439935

The Magazine: The Complete Archives Book Review:

This ebook collects the nearly 300 stories that first appeared in The Magazine, an independent biweekly periodical for narrative non-fiction. It covers researchers "crying wolf," learning to emulate animal sounds; DIY medical gear, making prosthetics and other tools available more cheaply and to the developing world; a fever in Japan that leads to a new friendship; saving seeds to save the past; the plan to build a giant Lava Lamp in eastern Oregon; Portland's unicycle-riding, Darth Vader mask-wearing, flaming bagpipe player; a hidden library at MIT that contains one of the most extensive troves of science fiction and fantasy novels and magazines in the world; and far, far more.

Twisted True Tales From Science

Twisted True Tales From Science
  • Author : Stephanie Bearce
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 156
  • Relase : 2021-10-20
  • ISBN : 9781000490121

Twisted True Tales From Science Book Review:

London was once covered in a fog so polluted that it killed 12,000 people. The Aleppo earthquake killed 230,000 people, and a wall of water mysteriously wiped out the whole town of Burnham-on-Sea. All of these were catastrophic disasters, but they led to important discoveries in science. Learn about how the earth turned to liquid in New Zealand and what happens when a tsunami meets a nuclear reactor. These stories may sound twisted and strange, but they are all true tales from science! Ages 9-12

Smoke Jumpers

Smoke Jumpers
  • Author : Clara Cella
  • Publisher : Lerner Publications TM
  • Pages : 27
  • Relase : 2023-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781728481968

Smoke Jumpers Book Review:

Smoke jumpers jump out of aircraft to fight wildfires in remote locations. They work as a team to keep people safe. Learn about their gear, their techniques, and the dangers these firefighting heroes face.

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain
  • Author : Brendan McDonough
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2016-05-03
  • ISBN : 9780316308151

Granite Mountain Book Review:

The true story behind the events that inspired the major motion picture Only the Brave. A "unique and bracing" (Booklist) first-person account by the sole survivor of Arizona's disastrous 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which took the lives of 19 "hotshots"--firefighters trained specifically to battle wildfires. Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their leader, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, and perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew's skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers. Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough--"Donut" as he'd been dubbed by his team--served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks. Granite Mountain is a gripping memoir that traces McDonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him. A harrowing and redemptive tale of resilience in the face of tragedy, Granite Mountain is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm's way to protect us every day.

Smokejumpers, '49

Smokejumpers, '49
  • Author : Starr Jenkins
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 221
  • Relase : 1995
  • ISBN : CHI:64029463

Smokejumpers, '49 Book Review:

Fire Crew

Fire Crew
  • Author : Ben Walters
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 328
  • Relase : 2011-11
  • ISBN : 061555248X

Fire Crew Book Review:

An insider look at wildland firefighting today - Ben Walters' realistic, day-to-day account of life on a BLM engine crew

Jumping Fire

Jumping Fire
  • Author : Murry A. Taylor
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2014-05-13
  • ISBN : 9780547541075

Jumping Fire Book Review:

This “terrifying, grimly funny” memoir about fighting forest fires in Alaska offers “an affectionate portrait of a fraternity of daredevils” (The New Yorker). A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year Fighting fires since 1965, legendary smokejumper Murry A. Taylor finally hung up his chute after the summer of 2000—the worst fire season in more than fifty years. In Jumping Fire, Taylor recounts in thrilling detail one summer of parachuting out of planes to battle blazes in the vast, rugged wilderness of Alaska, with tales of training, digging fire lines, run-ins with bears, and the heroics of fellow jumpers who fell in the line of duty. This unique memoir, filled with humor, fear, tragedy, joy, and countless stories of man versus nature at its most furious, is a “tale of love and loss, life and death, and sheer hard work, set in an unforgiving and unforgettable landscape” (Publishers Weekly). “Filled with adventure, danger and tragedy.” —The New York Times Book Review “A beautifully crafted, wise yet thrilling book.” —Los Angeles Times

Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain
  • Author : Dale A. Johnson
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 148
  • Relase : 2008-08-28
  • ISBN : 9781435739925

Fire on the Mountain Book Review:

Biography of experiences by an American living in Southeast Turkey and Northern Iraq during and after the first Gulf War.

Fire Season

Fire Season
  • Author : Philip Connors
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2011-04-05
  • ISBN : 9780062078902

Fire Season Book Review:

“Fire Season both evokes and honors the great hermit celebrants of nature, from Dillard to Kerouac to Thoreau—and I loved it.” —J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar “[Connors’s] adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading.” —Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remarkable debut, Fire Season, is destined to become a modern classic. An absorbing chronicle of the days and nights of one of the last fire lookouts in the American West, Fire Season is a marvel of a book, as rugged and soulful as Matthew Crawford’s bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it immediately places Connors in the august company of Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, and others in the respected fraternity of hard-boiled nature writers.

Becoming a Climate Scientist

Becoming a Climate Scientist
  • Author : Kyle Dickman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2021-08-31
  • ISBN : 9781982142650

Becoming a Climate Scientist Book Review:

A hands-on, revealing guide to a career as a climate scientist written by acclaimed Outside magazine writer Kyle Dickman and based on the experiences of a preeminent researcher studying permafrost in the Arctic—essential reading for anyone considering a path to this timely profession. Go behind the scenes and be mentored by the best in the business to find out what it’s really like, and what it really takes, to become a climate scientist. Accurate climate science is more important than ever before. As awareness grows of our changing climate, demand is increasing for people to study it—from universities who want to have the latest, cutting-edge research, militaries who are worried about national defense, and governments who need accurate data to enact policy reform. Climate scientists use both field research and complex algorithms on super computers to predict the climate of our ever-changing world. Acclaimed Outside magazine editor Kyle Dickman shadows climate scientist Cathy Wilson and her team, who work in the farthest reaches of Alaska’s northern tundra and in the national research labs in Los Alamos, NM, to reveal how this dream job becomes a reality. Shadow top climate scientists to see how they measure snowfall, assess the thawing of the permafrost, and determine the water content of soil down to 1 mm accuracy. Learn how the growth of one shrub can affect a whole ecosystem and how models can predict the future of our fast-changing planet. Here is how the job is performed at the highest level.

Visit Sunny Chernobyl

Visit Sunny Chernobyl
  • Author : Andew Blackwell
  • Publisher : Rodale Books
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2013-05-28
  • ISBN : 9781609614560

Visit Sunny Chernobyl Book Review:

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as it is—not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.

3000 Degrees

3000 Degrees
  • Author : Sean Flynn
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2008-12-21
  • ISBN : 9780446555036

3000 Degrees Book Review:

The unforgettable and heartbreaking true story of the firemen who bravely fought "the perfect fire".

Badges, Bears, and Eagles

Badges, Bears, and Eagles
  • Author : Steven T. Callan
  • Publisher : Epicenter Press
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2013-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781603811590

Badges, Bears, and Eagles Book Review:

Over his 30 years as a wildlife protection officer for the California Department of Fish and Game, Steve Callan and his working partner, Dave Szody, conducted some of the most fascinating, complex and highly successful wildlife investigations in California history. They also collected a wealth of true stories--action-packed, suspenseful and often humorous.

38 Years

38 Years
  • Author : Bob Dombrowski
  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Pages : 236
  • Relase : 2014-05-21
  • ISBN : 9781628384185

38 Years Book Review:

Decorated firefighter and true-blue Detroiter Bob Dombrowski risked life and limb saving lives for as long as he could remember. Born and raised on the west side of Detroit, Bob narrates an engrossing account of his illustrious firefighting career, from being a trial man to retiring as senior chief. He also gives a vivid description of Motor City in its glory days and the events that led to its recent state. See major historical events such as the 1967 Detroit riot and September 11 attacks throu

Just a Few Jumper Stories

Just a Few Jumper Stories
  • Author : Rod Dow
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 270
  • Relase : 2015-03-16
  • ISBN : 1512022233

Just a Few Jumper Stories Book Review:

"Just a Few Jumper Stories" is a collection of 70 stories from 46 years of firefighting (32 with the smokejumpers) by Alaska Smokejumper Rod Dow. It is intended as a straightforward attempt to archive campfire stories from the life of a long time firefighter. All true tales, mostly funny incidents from his career, they portray the thrill, humor, and love of the outdoors that comes from parachuting into wild country in Alaska and throughout the mountain west.


  • Author : Scott Barry Kaufman
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 416
  • Relase : 2013-06-04
  • ISBN : 9780465037896

Ungifted Book Review:

Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Those children tapped as possessing special abilities will go on to achieve great things, while the rest of us have little chance of realizing our dreams. Right? In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—who was relegated to special education as a child—sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person's personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD. Combining original research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, Ungifted proves that anyone—even those without readily observable gifts at any single moment in time—can become great.

Aloha Rodeo

Aloha Rodeo
  • Author : David Wolman,Julian Smith
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2019-05-28
  • ISBN : 9780062836021

Aloha Rodeo Book Review:

The triumphant true story of the native Hawaiian cowboys who crossed the Pacific to shock America at the 1908 world rodeo championships Oregon Book Award winner * An NPR Best Book of the Year * Pacific Northwest Book Award finalist * A Reading the West Book Awards finalist "Groundbreaking. … A must-read. ... An essential addition." —True West In August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. Steer-roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka’au’a had travelled 4,200 miles from Hawaii, of all places, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the native Hawaiians would astonish the country, returning home champions—and American legends. An unforgettable human drama set against the rough-knuckled frontier, David Wolman and Julian Smith’s Aloha Rodeo unspools the fascinating and little-known true story of the Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo, whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West. What few understood when the three paniolo rode into Cheyenne is that the Hawaiians were no underdogs. They were the product of a deeply engrained cattle culture that was twice as old as that of the Great Plains, for Hawaiians had been chasing cattle over the islands’ rugged volcanic slopes and through thick tropical forests since the late 1700s. Tracing the life story of Purdy and his cousins, Wolman and Smith delve into the dual histories of ranching and cowboys in the islands, and the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Cheyenne, “Holy City of the Cow.” At the turn of the twentieth century, larger-than-life personalities like “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Theodore Roosevelt capitalized on a national obsession with the Wild West and helped transform Cheyenne’s annual Frontier Days celebration into an unparalleled rodeo spectacle, the “Daddy of ‘em All.” The hopes of all Hawaii rode on the three riders’ shoulders during those dusty days in August 1908. The U.S. had forcibly annexed the islands just a decade earlier. The young Hawaiians brought the pride of a people struggling to preserve their cultural identity and anxious about their future under the rule of overlords an ocean away. In Cheyenne, they didn’t just astound the locals; they also overturned simplistic thinking about cattle country, the binary narrative of “cowboys versus Indians,” and the very concept of the Wild West. Blending sport and history, while exploring questions of identity, imperialism, and race, Aloha Rodeo spotlights an overlooked and riveting chapter in the saga of the American West.

Beyond the Mountain

Beyond the Mountain
  • Author : Steve House
  • Publisher : Patagonia
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2013-10-06
  • ISBN : 9781938340055

Beyond the Mountain Book Review:

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach. Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steveand Vince the first Piolet d"or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans. Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping read destined to be a mountain classic. And it