The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America

An interesting non-fiction book about the big burn of 1910 in the forests of Montana, Idaho, and Washington states.  Told through the eyes of those who lived through (and speculation on those who did not) this massive fire, the book sets the stage for the political machinations in Washington D.C. that would create both the Forest Service and the fire supression policies that exist to this day.  Layers of layers of stories about the corporations that held sway and created the Western states sources of revenue, and Teddy Roosevelt’s attempts to control those resources in perpetuity to be enjoyed by all.

Reviewed by Colleen


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