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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 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 men--college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps--to 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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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

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User Review  - Boise City Department of Arts & History - Goodreads

Interesting read and great stories. It covered more than just the fire in 1910--it explored larger issues going on nationwide, the effect of the fire on the Forest Service, the prominent and the forgotten people who lost their lives fighting the fire. Definitely worth reading. Read full review

About the author (2010)

TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and the author ofásix books, most recently The Big Burn:áTeddyáRoosevelt and theáFire ThatáSaved America , a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pacific Northwest BooksellersáAward and the Washington State Book Award.áHis previous books include TheáWorst Hard Time , which won a National Book Award and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice.áHe áis an online op-ed columnist for the New York Times , writing his "Opinionator" feature once a week.He isáa third-generation Westerner andálives in Seattle.  

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