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Wildfire and Americans is a passionate, deeply informed appeal for us to acknowledge that wildfire is not a fire problem but a people problem. There are no natural disasters, only people in disastrous circumstances. Many Americans are in the wrong places, channeled there by wrong policies. Roger G. Kennedy has pieced together the untold history of the Cold War-era policies that deliberately emptied Americas cities and subsidized the suburban and exurban encroachment into a dangerous landscape that is becoming increasingly precarious with global warming.
 
Kennedys understanding of the United States history of transgressing natures limits, his grasp of how politicians and industries stand to gain by leaving the problem unsolved, his familiarity with the science of fire, and, finally, his faith-grounded conviction regarding our moral responsibility toward both our environment and our fellow human beings make Wildfire and Americans more than a history of policies gone terribly awry—it is also a plan of action to reverse more than fifty years of wrong-headed and misguided policy.

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Roger G. Kennedy is director emeritus of the National Museum of American History and former director of the National Park Service. He has written ten books and coedited Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803216044
Subtitle:
How to Save Lives, Property, and Your Tax Dollars
Author:
Kennedy, Roger G
Author:
Kennedy, Roger G.
Publisher:
Bison Books
Subject:
POL044000
Subject:
Urbanization
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Urbanization -- United States.
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 photographs, 4 charts, 4 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 1.05 lb

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