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9780547394602

The Big Burn

by Timothy Egan


ISBN-10

0547394608

ISBN-13

9780547394602


List Price

$17.99

Book Specs


Binding
Trade Paper
Publisher
Mariner Books
Published on  
Sep 7, 2010
Edition

1st Edition

Dimensions

5.31x0.81x8.00 Inches

Weight

0.63 Pounds

About the Book


A New York Times Bestseller. A Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Entertainment Weekly, and Amazon Best Book of the Year.



A dramatic account of the worst forest fire in American history by the author of the National Book Award-winning The Worst Hard Time.



On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forest of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. 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.



Timothy Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched ranges against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsize president Teddy Roosevelt ad 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.



"An important cautionary tale for these days that also reads like a classic adventure story."--Washington Times

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