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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Egan Narrator: Robertson Dea Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/8/2014

    " Great historical view presented in such an engaging manner! Both men and woman will enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 2/8/2014

    " The history of the conservationist movement in America and musch more. Not just for Westerners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kurt B. | 1/29/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in months, a cracking historical tale of a landmark ecological and political event of which I previously knew next-to-nothing. If you're a fan of Egan's weekly column in the New York Times, or simply a conservation or PNW history buff, this should be on your "must read" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hilarie Ehlert | 1/15/2014

    " An excellent history of the 1910 fires in Montana and Idaho. "

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