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The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
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Jul 01, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, history
Read in May, 2013

TCL Call#: 973.911 Egan
Joe's rating: 5 stars

This book is part biography part history and part thriller! The Big Burn tells the story of the 1910 wildfire that burned across Montana, Idaho and Washington. It also gives the background Of Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot and their struggle to create and sustain the National Forests. Egan gives several harrowing accounts of how forest rangers, firefighters, and everyday citizens coped with a fire the likes of which had never been seen. Through his prose Egan successfully places the reader in an era when forestry and fire suppression were in their infancy. It is also a nice account of the progressive era and its role in the formation of our national forests.

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