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The big burn Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America by Timothy Egan

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Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston .
Written in English


  • Roosevelt, Theodore, -- 1858-1919,
  • Pinchot, Gifford, -- 1865-1946,
  • United States. -- National Park Service -- History,
  • Presidents -- United States -- Biography,
  • Conservationists -- United States -- Biography,
  • Forest conservation -- United States -- History,
  • Nature conservation -- United States -- History,
  • National parks and reserves -- United States -- History,
  • Forest fires -- Montana -- History,
  • Forest fires -- Idaho -- History

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementTimothy Egan.
LC ClassificationsE757 .E325 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 324 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23392691M
ISBN 109780618968411
LC Control Number2009021881

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Inspired by Timothy Egan’s best-selling book,  The Big Burn   provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in the face of nature’s. -"Big Burn" spread from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia -more than firefighters missing in Wallace-Wallace had fallen, some helped, some looted town -evacuations on train, people packed in -Pulaski didn't die like everyone thought, evacuated everyone from mine -some rather commit suicide than die in fire. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan tells the story of a wildfire that ripped through forests in Washington, Idaho and Montana. (Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). For his National Book Award-winning account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, Egan was able to interview survivors. For The Big Burn, he had to comb through Forest Service reports, memoirs and old newspapers. But he’s equally effective here in telling the story through individuals—the homesteaders, the fire crews of immigrants and drifters, the idealistic Ivy League grads who followed Pinchot’s siren .

  Known as the “Big Burn,” the blaze consumed three million acres in Idaho, Montana and Washington, scorched frontier towns and left a smoke cloud so dense that it .   The “Big Burn,” however, during which undermanned ranks of rangers were dying in the last line of defense, drastically changed public sentiment. Essential for any Green bookshelf. The aftermath of the Big Burn seems like one colossal governmental failure, though some bright spots exist, such as the sea change in many Americans’ opinions about the black “buffalo soldiers” who became heroes in Wallace, Idaho. Timothy Egan ’s The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America is an engaging account of a forest fire that burned an area in the northern Rockies the size of Connecticut and.