Good background information about Roosevelt and the forestry service. Loaded with information about how the national parks were established-- Things that most of us just take for granted.
Gifford Pinchot managed to guide Roosevelt into the idea of public lands and conservation, even going so far as to get in the ring with the president to promote his ideas.This outstanding man is not mentioned in any history textbook in our schools today. So sad.
The heroism of the rangers during the blaze.
History is often too boring. Dates, places, and facts . . . perhaps a little skewed to favor a point of view.
I love the way Timothy Egan wrote this book through the experiences and recollections and stories of the people. Each person is a thread and each thread is masterfully woven together.
This is the most exciting non-fiction book I've ever read. Who would have thought that forestry, politics, north-western regional history, immigrants, drunks, whores, settlers, loggers, miners, millionaire industrialists, railroads, Buffalo soldiers, and the largest fire in American history could combine to make for a gripping yet informative tale.
It had many interesting facts about how misguided some efforts to help were
I don't know if my blood pressure would stand another read
I enjoy books that present little known facts that let the truth fall where it may
It took awhile for us to get to enlighted thinking on our forest
Mr Dean is a first class reader who does a great job of making the listener see how it was in difficult times
The great fire and its aftermath and the people who profitted from others loss
I look forward to reading more of Mr Egans works
Moves fast, not a word wasted. Though tragic and gruesome, the account of the fire is a thrill ride, tough to pause. The parts about corrupt politicians in the pockets of big business brings to mind the crony capitalism practiced to this day. As always, Robertson Dean delivers a flawless narration.
Pretty high, though I've listened to many good ones
Gifford Pinchot, one of the truly great men in U.S. history but about whom I knew nothing. Teddy Roosevelt, who this book made me realize was one of America's very best presidents.
Ed Pulaski, a hero whom the U.S. government treated with shameful shabbiness (as it did other forest rangers).
He was great (I don't say this often). You felt as if you were there at the great fire of 1900.
Yes. I was very moved by foresight and public spirit of Pinchot and Roosevelt, and equally disgusted by the likes of mean-minded Senator Weldon Heyburn and the rapacious William A. Clark.
This book vividly describes a very important episode in U.S. history whose significance is not often recognized.
Unknown, Scary, Typical
The ferocity of the fire.
Matter of fact story telling.
Government ineptitude almost destroys the forest of the West.
I'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!
This is a very good historical account of the origins of The United States' national park system and how a huge, tragic forest fire played an instrumental role. Well researched and interesting.
I enjoyed all the ways this book worked: the rage of an American west wildfire, a graphic description of fighting fire amidst the politics and technology of the times. I was grateful for the bits of personal and family drama that Egan wove into the story. Such touches make History come to life. The only reason that I didn’t give this book 5 stars across the board was that once in a while I felt that there were too many dreary political bits. Lapses like those long lectures we’ve all endured. I wanted much more on Teddy R’s adventures because there is no doubt that he was the ‘Big Burn’ of his time.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
I listened to this while hiking at Big Bend National Park. This book made me want to find me a Polanski and become a National Forest Ranger. It is a great book and amazingly well read. It is a gripping story, and you will find yourself doing stuff to keep from turning it off. Like laying in your tent in the dark, knowing you need to go to sleep, but not doing it so you can listen some more. I actually came back and bought a couple of books that weren't on tape about this subject so I could learn more. Awesome! Even if you are not particularly into National Parks, history, or the Forestry Service, this is a good listen with suspense, fear, intrigue, political machinations, shenanigans, fire, and salvation.
The story of the fire and the beginnings of the Forest Service were interesting. The biased political portrayals could have been written by the DNC with assistance from the Sierra Club.
It should have been a much more objective history.