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The Big Burn

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The Big Burn | The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

The Big Burn

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Timothy Egan
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Few writers have the Pulitzer Prize-winning Timothy Egan’s gift for transforming history lessons into the stuff of riveting page-turners. But just as he brought the dust bowl to life in The Worst Hard Time, Egan evokes the country’s biggest-ever forest fire, a behemoth that engulfed parts of three Western states in August 1910 in The Big Burn. Fueled by a furnace-blast summer, drought conditions, and a merciless windstorm, the fire required some 10,000 volunteers to put it out. But in the process, President Teddy Roosevelt not only won the country’s support for the nascent U.S. Forest Service, he established, once and for all, the idea that the federal government should manage public lands. Don’t miss this one. A

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