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The Big Burn

Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
Egan, Timothy (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Big Burn


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Narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt's pioneering conservation efforts that helped turn public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.
Authors: Egan, Timothy
Title: The big burn
Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books,, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: x, 324 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Timothy Egan
Contents: A fire at the end of the world
In on the creation. "A peculiar intimacy" ; Roost of the robber barons ; The Great Crusade ; Deadwood days ; Showdown
What they lost. Summer of smoke ; Men, men, men! ; Spaghetti Westerners ; Firestorm's eve ; Blowup ; The lost day ; The lost night ; Towns afire ; To save a town ; The missing ; The living and the dead
What they saved. Fallout ; One for the boys ; Ashes
Summary: Narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt's pioneering conservation efforts that helped turn public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.
ISBN: 9780547394602
0547394608
Branch Call Number: 973.911 E287b 2010
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Report This Aug 31, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting read that highlights a time in history I was not aware of. The individuals in the story are well written to the point that you want a happy ending for everyone. However, it took me forever to make it through this book.

Report This Aug 06, 2012
  • heartfelthands rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You could not ask for better designed characters than Roosevelt and Pinchot. Almost too good to be believable.

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  • hughsehler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the book. Loved learning about Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the forest service and the environmental movement.

Report This Jun 23, 2012
  • pokano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tim Egan writes an interesting account of the greatest wildfire in American history and the politics that led up to and followed it. His descriptions of the ordeals encountered by the forest fire fighters are first rate. He also describes the fight for conservation waged by Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, as TR's handpicked successor, Pres Taft, turned out not to be the progressive TR hoped he would be. The right-wing swing of the GOP evidently started with Taft. A map would have been a nice addition to this book.

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