Author fell in love with every little fact about the Big Burn and just couldn't leave any out. Book would have been better if it were shorter.
Take out all the repetition about the Big Burn -- author seemed to feel we needed to hear the same thing several times.
A fine narrator
Sure, this is history. So, we know the ending. Still, I had trouble parking my car each day on my way to and from work. I didn't want to stop listening. Egan tells the stories of the people, not just the story of politics. He sets up the history to leave cliff-hangers at the end of chapters. Then, pair all of that with Robertson Dean's fantastic narration, and this is hard to put down. This might be the best Audible book I have listened to yet.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I really enjoyed this book. It's scary to think that we almost did not have national forest, and that there were so many politicians that didn't see the value of national parks. Teddy Roosevelt has become my new hero. BTW, if you are enjoying learning about Teddy Roosevelt, another good book is River of Doubt.
I enjoyed this book as much as his book on the Dust Bowl. It was a great historical story where he explores the issues between conservation of the forest with big business and political needs as well as the hard choices individuals caught up in the fire had to make. While it???s historical accuracy needs to be questioned (huge bias in favor of Teddy Roosevelt) there was still enough truths to give one a better understanding of the creation of the forestry service and the Big Burn.
This is a well researched story of the birth and early years of the National Forest Service, but it tends to be repetitive and disorganized, The story jumps around continuously, but the multiple narratives increase confusion without making the story more interesting. The description of the politics and the fire keeps your interest, but the book would have been better if it was shorter and more straightforward.
This story is well told, although I found all the characters, their location and where the fire was with respect to the towns named very hard to follow. But the treatment of the rangers made it very hard for me to listen to it. The followup of what happened after Pulaski's ill treatment somewhat redeemed a hard listen.
A very well written entertaining historical book, these are few and far between, and it's nice to be entertained AND learning.
The story of the largest (by area) forest fire in the history of the United States, in 1910, this book is a historical narrative and is entertaining and educational all at once.
I had no idea about the history of the US Forest Service, and if you had asked if I wanted to know that history, my answer would have been "no, thanks". But serve that history up in between big meaty slabs of human nature, stories of heroism and endurance, and I am tucking it away.
I found the portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt and his successor, William Taft, to be fascinating. I think too that there is a parallel, intentioned or not, in contrasts between these administrations and more recent and familiar ones. There is also something reassuring about the fact that the US had trouble finding the resources to not only fight the fires once they started, but to manage the forest resources properly before and after the Big Burn. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This book is worth spending time with if you enjoy US History, or the history of the Pacific Northwest. It makes me want to visit that area and find out more about the event. I will search this author out because the book was well written and colorful.