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.
I never thought I would want to learn about Theodore Roosevelt's policies towards natural resource management.
Timothy Egan changed that.
Egan does a great job of blending together dry facts with personal details and stories. I quickly became invested in the people he described and found myself rooting for them, impatiently waiting for the next section of the book.
It did not overshadow the story, but conveyed it without drama.
The political issues of 100 hundred years ago are still with us today, as so wonderfully told in The Big Burn. Sad to see how little progress has been made by society on environmental issues.
This was such an interesting era of the creation of National forests and Gifford Pinchot and a massive fire. Very captivating.
I rank this among the top 3-5 audiobooks I've listened to for content and delivery.
I enjoyed the personal accounts of individual's efforts in the "Big Burn" set in the context of the bigger historical event - the politics, clash of environmental and business interests. I found the Ed Polaski and Pinky Adair accounts most memorable.
Engaging reader; easy to listen to.
I was particularly moved by the role that African-American soldiers played in fighting the fire and that their bravery and courage was a factor in overcoming some of the racist attitudes toward them.
The relevance to all the recent fires in the big-burn country makes it worth to read about the dramatic events of a century ago. Not to mention the federal services and people we sacrifice to the inevitable process.
The book helps you get a feel for the times that the story took place.
The book takes a little more than one sitting.
I am very grateful for the factual and historical setting presented and the story itself.
pleasant and informative
not captivating, but a good reader and interesting peak into a part of American history I hand't heard about before
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
This was an interesting book that helped explain a time period which is often overlooked in American History. It helped me gain respect for the early Forest Rangers who believed in the preservation of our natural resources and worked against tall odds, often with little or no pay, to protect our beautiful national parks and forests.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
I downloaded this as I enjoyed the narrator’s voice in the sample and have an interest in the early history of forestry in North America.
This is a read that needed some attention paid to it. It is not a linear chronological book, and there is a bit of repetition or jumping to and fro in the timeline. I did find myself wishing the story back to the fire fighters and their desperate tale, but found myself for weeks later thinking about Pinchot and Roosevelt and how close the US (and, therefore the world) came to not having those amazing state parks. Listening to the Big Burn I don’t think it saved the parks, but definitely focussed the public on what they could loose. The writing was very good, and I found myself getting frustrated for those in a situation over a 100 yrs ago.
The narration is very powerful.