The Big Burn (2009) 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… 2009-10-19 History Nonfiction Houghton Mifflin
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The Big Burn (2009)

The Big Burn | The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 19, 2009; Writer: Timothy Egan; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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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Originally posted Oct 27, 2009 Published in issue #1074 Nov 06, 2009 Order article reprints