July 21, 2017

The Big Burn:Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

If you like American history, you may want to check out the non-fiction book, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America” by Timothy Egan, an engrossing narrative about the immense 1910 fire that wiped out forests and towns in the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana. The first half of the book builds slowly with Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot promoting the cause of scenic lands held in trust for the public good, hiring a small band of newly trained forest rangers as stewards.
You meet a cast of characters who will be literally embroiled in this natural catastrophe that immolates man, beast and wood, both in tree form and that of clapboard. By the time the fire hits, the book grabs you like a page-turning thriller.

I give a “thumbs up” to the recorded book version that makes any commute educational as well as entertaining.
As a side note, Teddy Roosevelt remains my favorite Republican president. Bully!

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