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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America
 
 
Author
Timothy Egan.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780618968411
Pages/Publication Date 324/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30032
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In his National Book Award winner The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history told through real characters he brought to life. Similarly, in The Big Burn—a book that Walter Cronkite called "can't-put-it-down history"—Egan portrays a windswept wildfire that began on August 20, 1910, and consumed three million acres of forest in two days. But this largest-ever forest fire in America was the event that cemented the heroism of the Forest Service in the public mind and proved the merit of Teddy Roosevelt's campaign for public lands, despite the vicious attacks of robber barons and their men in Congress who fought the Forest Service.

"Egan shuttles back and forth between the national stage of politics and the conflicting visions of the nation's future, and the personal stories of the men and women who fought and died in the fire: rangers, soldiers, immigrant miners imported from all over the country to help the firefighting effort, prostitutes, railroad engineers and dozens others whose stories are painstakingly recreated from scraps of letters, newspaper articles, firsthand testimony, and Forest Service records. Egan brings a touching humanity to this story of valor and cowardice in the face of a national catastrophe, paying respectful attention to Roosevelt's great dream of conservation and of an America for the little man."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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