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

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Egan, Timothy.
Big burn.
Boston : Mariner Books, 2010, ©2009
Named Person: Theodore Roosevelt; Gifford Pinchot; Gifford Pinchot; Theodore Roosevelt
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Egan
ISBN: 9780547416861 0547416865
OCLC Number: 772082058
Description: 1 online resource (x, 324 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Contents: A fire at the end of the world --
In on the creation. "A peculiar intimacy" ; Roost of the robber barons ; The Great Crusade ; Deadwood days ; Showdown --
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 --
What they saved. Fallout ; One for the boys ; Ashes.
Responsibility: Timothy Egan.


On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest  Read more...
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"Egan brings a touching humanity to this story of valour and cowardice in the face of a national catastrophe, paying respectful attention to Roosevelt's great dream of conservation and of an America Read more...

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