The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America

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Mariner Books, 2010 - History - 324 pages
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On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand menócollege boys, day workers, immigrants from mining campsóto fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
† Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

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User Review  - Charmaine Gural - Goodreads

I liked it. lots of interesting info about the original conservation of the lands I love to hike. many thanks to the forward thinkers who kept the forests intact. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

This book really engaged my interest. About a horrific forest fire ( the worst in the nation's history), it also fills in the political background to that event ( the Big Burn). As the first Chief of ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

JEANETTE INGOLD is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Pictures, 1918 and Airfield. She lives and writes in Montana.

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