The big burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America
Document Type: Book
Author(s): T. Egan
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

  • conservation
  • fire case histories
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • US Forest Service
  • Washington
  • wildfires
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 48940
Tall Timbers Record Number: 25189
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: E757.E325 2009
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the flap: 'Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells 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 citzen. 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 permamently 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.' © 2009 by Timothy Egan. All rights reserved.

Egan, T. 2010. The big burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.