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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.
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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: 0547394608
9780547394602
Branch Call Number: 973.911 E287b 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-305) and index
Subject Headings: Forest fires Idaho History Forest fires Montana History United States. National Park Service History National parks and reserves United States History Nature conservation United States History Forest conservation United States History Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 Conservationists United States Biography Presidents United States Biography Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Topical Term: Forest fires
Forest fires
National parks and reserves
Nature conservation
Forest conservation
Conservationists
Presidents
LCCN: 2009021881
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In 1910 a gigantic wildfire was formed by the merger of several small wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. It would burn 3 million acres and five towns to the ground. It would kill 100 people. Incredible research into primary sources went into this book and it is narrative history at its best. Spe... Read More »

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 t... Read More »

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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.

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.

Jul 21, 2012
  • 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.

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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