skip to content
The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
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 -- college boys, day  Read more...
Rating:

based on 1 rating(s) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Egan, Timothy.
Big burn.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
(OCoLC)795645360
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; Gifford Pinchot; Gifford Pinchot; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Egan
ISBN: 9780618968411 0618968415
OCLC Number: 313658042
Description: x, 324 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: A fire at the end of the world --
Part I. In on the creation. "A peculiar intimacy" ; Roost of the robber barons ; The Great Crusade ; Deadwood days ; Showdown --
Part II. What they lost. Summer of smoke ; Men, men, men! ; Spaghetti Westerners ; Firestorm's eve ; Blowup ; The lost day ; The lost night ; Towns afire ; To save a town ; The missing ; The living and the dead --
Part III. What they saved. Fallout ; One for the boys ; Ashes.
Responsibility: Timothy Egan.
More information:

Abstract:

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 -- college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps -- to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Equally dramatic is the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen. The robber barons fought Roosevelt and Pinchot's rangers, but the Big Burn saved the forests even as it destroyed them: the heroism shown by the rangers turned public opinion permanently in their favor and became the creation myth that drove the Forest Service, with consequences still felt in the way our national lands are protected -- or not -- today.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (1)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/313658042> # The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
    library:oclcnum "313658042" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/mau> ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Boston> ; # Boston
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1211709> ; # Idaho.
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/875578> ; # Conservationists
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1034632> ; # Nature conservation
    schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/27869180> ; # Gifford Pinchot
    schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/134267455> ; # United States. National Park Service
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Person/roosevelt_theodore_1858_1919> ; # Theodore Roosevelt
    schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/44346731> ; # Theodore Roosevelt
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1207555> ; # Montana.
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> ; # United States.
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/973.911/e22/> ;
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/932069> ; # Forest conservation
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1075723> ; # Presidents
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/presidents_united_states> ; # Presidents--United States
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/conservationists_united_states> ; # Conservationists--United States
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/932142> ; # Forest fires
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/forest_conservation_united_states_history> ; # Forest conservation--United States--History
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Person/pinchot_gifford_1865_1946> ; # Gifford Pinchot
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010103172> ; # Nature conservation--United States--History
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1033642> ; # National parks and reserves
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Organization/united_states_national_park_service> ; # United States. National Park Service.
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/forest_fires_montana_history> ; # Forest fires--Montana--History
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010103170> ; # National parks and reserves--United States--History
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/forest_fires_idaho_history> ; # Forest fires--Idaho--History
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/75305612> ; # Timothy Egan
    schema:datePublished "2009" ;
    schema:description "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 -- college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps -- to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Equally dramatic is the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen. The robber barons fought Roosevelt and Pinchot's rangers, but the Big Burn saved the forests even as it destroyed them: the heroism shown by the rangers turned public opinion permanently in their favor and became the creation myth that drove the Forest Service, with consequences still felt in the way our national lands are protected -- or not -- today."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/809086305> ;
    schema:genre "Biography"@en ;
    schema:genre "History"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/795645360> ;
    schema:name "The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America"@en ;
    schema:productID "313658042" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/313658042#PublicationEvent/boston_houghton_mifflin_harcourt_2009> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Agent/houghton_mifflin_harcourt> ; # Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    schema:url <http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1204/2009021881-t.html> ;
    schema:url <http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1108/2009021881-s.html> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780618968411> ;
    umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB012987> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/313658042> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/Boston> # Boston
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Boston" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Agent/houghton_mifflin_harcourt> # Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    a bgn:Agent ;
    schema:name "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Organization/united_states_national_park_service> # United States. National Park Service.
    a schema:Organization ;
    schema:name "United States. National Park Service." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Person/pinchot_gifford_1865_1946> # Gifford Pinchot
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1865" ;
    schema:deathDate "1946" ;
    schema:familyName "Pinchot" ;
    schema:givenName "Gifford" ;
    schema:name "Gifford Pinchot" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Person/roosevelt_theodore_1858_1919> # Theodore Roosevelt
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1858" ;
    schema:deathDate "1919" ;
    schema:familyName "Roosevelt" ;
    schema:givenName "Theodore" ;
    schema:name "Theodore Roosevelt" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/809086305#Topic/forest_conservation_united_states_history> # Forest conservation--United States--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:hasPart <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008121044> ;
    schema:name "Forest conservation--United States--History"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010103170> # National parks and reserves--United States--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "National parks and reserves--United States--History"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010103172> # Nature conservation--United States--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Nature conservation--United States--History"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1033642> # National parks and reserves
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "National parks and reserves"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1034632> # Nature conservation
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Nature conservation"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1075723> # Presidents
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Presidents"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> # United States.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "United States." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1207555> # Montana.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Montana." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1211709> # Idaho.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Idaho." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/875578> # Conservationists
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Conservationists"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/932069> # Forest conservation
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Forest conservation"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/932142> # Forest fires
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Forest fires"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/134267455> # United States. National Park Service
    a schema:Organization ;
    schema:name "United States. National Park Service" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/27869180> # Gifford Pinchot
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1865" ;
    schema:deathDate "1946" ;
    schema:familyName "Pinchot" ;
    schema:givenName "Gifford" ;
    schema:name "Gifford Pinchot" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/44346731> # Theodore Roosevelt
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1858" ;
    schema:deathDate "1919" ;
    schema:familyName "Roosevelt" ;
    schema:givenName "Theodore" ;
    schema:name "Theodore Roosevelt" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/75305612> # Timothy Egan
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Egan" ;
    schema:givenName "Timothy" ;
    schema:name "Timothy Egan" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780618968411>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0618968415" ;
    schema:isbn "9780618968411" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/795645360>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
    rdfs:label "Big burn." ;
    schema:description "Online version:" ;
    schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/313658042> ; # The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.