The Big Burn

The Big Burn

Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780618968411
0618968415
Branch Call Number: 973.911 E287b 2009
Characteristics: x, 324 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm

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Join the discussion on March 14, 2017. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Egan paints the blazing picture of the massive forest fire that swept through Washington, Idaho and Montana in the summer of 1910.

Join the discussion on March 2, 2017. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Egan paints the blazing picture of the massive forest fire that swept through Washington, Idaho and Montana in the summer of 1910, destroying towns in minutes and, secondarily, establishing Teddy Roosevelt's reput... Read More »

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 »

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. Sp... Read More »


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MCLOWO007
Nov 23, 2014

The way Tim Egan told the story of this fire and how it led oddly to a national action for protection of forests was really interesting. It has a lot of detail that i wasn't able to connect to but i could see how the building blocks were laid down in history. Plus his writing style is direct and colorful.

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tocch101
Aug 31, 2013

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.

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heartfelthands
Aug 06, 2012

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

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hughsehler
Jul 21, 2012

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

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pokano
Jun 23, 2012

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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