Synopses & Reviews
Death, Daring, and Disaster is an encyclopedic history drawn from the nearly 150,000 search and rescue missions carried out by the National Park Service since Yellowstone was established as the first national park in 1872. Presented in digest form, these brief but enthralling accounts include such calamities as that of a publicity-seeking adventurer who parachuted onto Devil's Tower in 1940 with no planned way off, the collision of two airliners over the Grand Canyon in 1956, a last-second rescue of a little boy trapped beside his dead parents in a plane buried by a Sierra blizzard, the fate of fifty men aboard a World War II-era Russian freighter being shredded to pieces on the rocks off the Olympic coast, the perilous recovery of a victim of unrequited love at the heart of an active Hawaiian volcano, and the saga of a jet pilot who bailed out over Kings Canyon in 1956 and literally crawled out six weeks later.
"Butch Farabee has captured the essence in search and rescue the danger, excitement, disappointment and sadness but most often the thrill of saving a life against tremendous odds." Russ Dickenson, Former Director of the National Park Service
"I cannot think of a more credible person to write a book on search and rescue. Butch Farabee has done it all, from 'grunt' to 'boss' to teacher.'" Mike Finlely, Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
375 exciting teales of heroism and tragedy drawn from the nearly 150,000 search and rescue missions carried out by the National Park Service since 1872.
Details more than three hundred search and rescue missions carried out by the National Park Service since the 1870s.
An encyclopedic account of search and rescue in the national parks from 1870 to the present. New edition contains SAR from 1998-2004.
About the Author
Butch Farabee recently retired as assistant superintendent of Glacier National Park. The author of National Park Ranger, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.