Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt anbd the Fire that Saved America

Proven. Do yourself a favor and consider reading Timothy Egan’s book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. August 2010 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the largest wildfire in American history, one that consumed three million acres of Western land. Teddy had just left office, and his head of forestry, Gifford Pinchot, was under fire from member of Congress who were questioning the need for forest rangers, who were seen as good for nothing. Egan does a fine job in telling the story of the fire, the people and the impact of this catastrophe on the century that followed it.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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