This is a audible gem. The story line sounds basic but the impact of this one fire has had on our world still echo's to this day. Roberson Dean does a great job chugging his way though the book. buy it! Especially if you're interested in conservation history and the Northwest.
Excellent narration. Learned a lot about U.S. history. Early forest service and a new concept: CONSERVATION!! Thank you Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and many others.
Well written and well performed. if you like American history it is an eye openner about a disaster you didn't hear about in school. This writer wrote one of my all time favorite books The Worst Hard Time. Read that one too.
An excellent lesson of the importance of our national resources for the good of everyone in the country both those of the current generation and those generations yet to be born.
I do not know how closely the fires of the summer of 2016 resemble those of 1910. Hopefully the law makers and all citizens have, or will, learn valuable lessons to manage and protect our national resources so that commercial and esthetic interests will co exist in a mutual partnership that will allow both points of view to co exist for untold generations to come.
Great look back at the history of the USFS, Conservation, and the Progressive ideas brought about by Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot.
this book is excellent accounting of the history of the conservation movement as a tool of government. I never understood how "progressive" Teddy Roosevelt was and how the same tired arguments against conservation are still espoused
My Dad was a Forest Service Ranger for many years, which may explain why I liked this book so much and learning about the early history of the Service and the big fire that caused so many changes. The accounts of the fire, many quotes from people who experienced the horror, were frightening and well-written. It does lose one star for a tenancy to repetition and bias - even though I happen to agree with the bias.
The hot dry inland Northwest summer of 2015 prompted this read. The conditions were similar; fortunately the 70 mph winds waited until November otherwise someone could've written The Big Burn 2. A fascinating tale of local history that happened a mere century ago. It is good to be reminded that nature is an unstoppable force and that we humans live at its mercy. The parallel tale of the movement to preserve land it in its natural state and the never ending battle against greed and consumption was inspirational.
The Big Burn was a wonderful story, and it kept me spellbound. The character development in this book makes you feel like you know Gifford Pinchot, Teddy Roosevelt, and so many others. If you love history you will love this book. I enjoyed hearing about Ed Pulaski, the Forest Service and the politics to defend and conserve our land. I had not read much on President Taft so all of that was an eye opener for me! It was a fantastic book!