The big burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America

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On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. 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. 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 citizen. 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 permanently 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.
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display_description Narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt's pioneering conservation efforts that helped turn public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Biographies, Biography, Conservationists, Conservationists -- United States -- Biography, Electronic books, Forest conservation, Forest conservation -- United States -- History, Forest fires, Forest fires -- Idaho -- History, Forest fires -- Montana -- History, History, Idaho, Montana, National parks and reserves, National parks and reserves -- United States -- History, Nature conservation, Nature conservation -- United States -- History, Nonfiction, Pinchot, Gifford, -- 1865-1946, Presidents, Presidents -- United States -- Biography, Roosevelt, Theodore, -- 1858-1919, Sound recordings, United States, United States. -- National Park Service, United States. -- National Park Service -- History
title_display The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America
title_full The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America, The big burn : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America / Timothy Egan, The big burn [electronic resource] : Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America. Timothy Egan, The big burn [electronic resource] : Teddy Roosevelt & the fire that saved America / Timothy Egan, The big burn [sound recording] : Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America / Timothy Egan
title_short The big burn :
title_sub Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America
topic_facet Conservationists, Forest conservation, Forest fires, History, National parks and reserves, Nature conservation, Nonfiction, Pinchot, Gifford, Presidents, Roosevelt, Theodore