Monday, October 03, 2011

Good Books: The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved AmericaThe Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Captivating account of the Big Burn of 1911 in (mostly)Idaho. More than that, it's a good look into the M.O. of Teddy Roosevelt and the first Forest Service Director, Gifford Pinchot, and how they set up the National Forest system in the face of clear-cutting by industrialists. Explains a lot of what we take for granted today re. conservation.

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