The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
The Big Burn:
Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
by Timothy Egan
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Stewardship of the land remains as contentious an issue today as it was one hundred years ago, when Theodore Roosevelt laid out his vision for conservation and ran into opposition from corporate lumber and mining interests. In The Big Burn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan tells the story of Roosevelt's prophetic vision for America's landscape and the debates he gleefully exacerbated. The book focuses, with cinematic flair, on the August 1910 forest fire that ravaged three million acres in the northern Rockies, while providing an opportune challenge to the newborn US Forest Service.
Unlike The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley's nearly thousand-page chronicle of Roosevelt's conservation consciousness that was published last summer, Egan's portrait moves swiftly. It emphasizes the president's
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