The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan was a fascinating read.  I was excited to read another Egan book after finishing The Worst Hard Time and I am so glad that I did.  This is a narrative non-fiction book that details the fire of 1910 that swept across Washington, Idaho and Montana.  Forest rangers assembled anyone they could find to help fight this enormous fire, but no one had seen anything like it before.  Egan then takes the story further and discusses not only the men who attempted to fight this fire, but also how conservation and public parks came into existence through the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt.  Egan did an incredible job of discussing the political, social and very human stories effected by this fire.  You can’t help but be moved by some of the amazing stories of what people had to endure in order to put out the fire.  A great read for any book club or non-fiction enthusiast.

 

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