The way Tim Egan told the story of this fire and how it led oddly to a national action for protection of forests was really interesting. It has a lot of detail that i wasn't able to connect to but i could see how the building blocks were laid down in history. Plus his writing style is direct and colorful.
An interesting read that highlights a time in history I was not aware of. The individuals in the story are well written to the point that you want a happy ending for everyone. However, it took me forever to make it through this book.
You could not ask for better designed characters than Roosevelt and Pinchot. Almost too good to be believable.
Loved the book. Loved learning about Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the forest service and the environmental movement.
Tim Egan writes an interesting account of the greatest wildfire in American history and the politics that led up to and followed it. His descriptions of the ordeals encountered by the forest fire fighters are first rate. He also describes the fight for conservation waged by Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, as TR's handpicked successor, Pres Taft, turned out not to be the progressive TR hoped he would be. The right-wing swing of the GOP evidently started with Taft. A map would have been a nice addition to this book.
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