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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

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National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan turns his historian's eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time.

 

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires, but no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, that follows is equally resonant. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today.

Synopsis:

A dramatic account of the worst forest fire in American history by the author of the best-selling and National Book Award-winning THE WORST HARD TIME. 

Synopsis:

Offers a dramatic account of the largest-ever forest fire in America, which cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy because the heroism shown by the forest rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, which Roosevelt wanted to conserve, in a book by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of five books, most recently THE WORST HARD TIME, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction. He writes a weekly column, Outposts, for the New York Times andlives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue: A Fire at the End of the World 1

 
PART I

IN ON THE CREATION

 1. “A Peculiar Intimacy” 17

 2. Roost of the Robber Barons 39

 3. The Great Crusade 53

 4. Deadwood Days 73

 5. Showdown 86

 
PART II

WHAT THEY LOST

 6. Summer of Smoke 105

 7. Men, Men, Men! 116

 8. Spaghetti Westerners 129

 9. Firestorms Eve 141

 10. Blowup 154

 11. The Lost Day 158

 12. The Lost Night 172

 13. Towns Afire 187

 14. To Save a Town 201

 15. The Missing 211

 16. The Living and the Dead 227

 
PART III

WHAT THEY SAVED

 17. Fallout 239

 18. One for the Boys 249

 19. Ashes 263

 
Notes on Sources 287

Acknowledgments 307

Index 309

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547416861
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States - General
Author:
Egan, Timothy
Author:
Timothy Egan
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Americana-Forestry/National Parks
Subject:
Audio Books-US History
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Forests
Subject:
Pacific Northwest-General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-Roosevelt, Theodore
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Americana-Forestry and National Parks
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-HIST/SOC
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Nature : Plants - Trees
Subject:
Nature : Natural Disasters
Subject:
Nature : Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Product details 336 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547416861 Reviews:
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A dramatic account of the worst forest fire in American history by the author of the best-selling and National Book Award-winning THE WORST HARD TIME. 
"Synopsis" by , Offers a dramatic account of the largest-ever forest fire in America, which cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy because the heroism shown by the forest rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, which Roosevelt wanted to conserve, in a book by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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