The Big Burn

The Big Burn

Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

Audiobook CD - 2009
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In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with the Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9781441806949
1441806946
Branch Call Number: CD 973.91 EGA
Additional Contributors: Dean, Robertson

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jquick99
Dec 03, 2017

Highly recommend.
Learned about the beginnings of the Forest Service, Taft presidency, Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot...and of course, The Fire. I was so drawn into the story about the honorable, low paid, ill liked (by those who wanted to Get Rich Quick off the land, which seemed like the vast majority of people in the area), that I had watery eyes and had to stop and try to google/read up on who survives, or not.
About 5 years ago, Hubby and I just happened to spend a day in Wallace, but I didn’t know anything about the fire. Now I want to go back and imagine the horror. Sheesh...that doesn’t sound like fun.

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krimcris
Apr 05, 2011

Mesmerizing listening, and a real insight into fiesty Teddy Roosevelt and the men and politics of his times. The birth of the US Forest Rangers, and the incredible, harrowing, almost incomprehensible forest fire that blackened Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia in the summer of 1910.

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