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The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
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Dec 28, 10

bookshelves: environment, history, western-us
Read in December, 2010

Egan intersperses the story of Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pichot, and the early conservation movement with an account of the hurricane force wild fire that burned down acres upon acres of woods in northern Idaho, Washington, and Montana that finally solidified public opinion around public lands. The first portion of the book focuses on Roosevelt and his administration's efforts to set aside land as a public trust. Just as in The Worst Hard Time, where Egan really shines, though, is when he tells the story of the big burn through the eyes of the people who were involved.
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