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The Big Burn
2006/9/8 9:35
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Just got finished reading The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, by Deckle Edge. Not a fly fishing book, but the story of how the National Fire Service got started and the how the first ideas of conservation took a national stage.

As much as it is about Roosevelt, it is about Gifford Pinchot the former Governor of Pennsylvania. The Pinchot family grew rich off clear cutting much of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 1800's and Gifford devoted his life to the new progressive movement at the time about conservation.

The story entails the horrific fire that consumed the Northwest around Idaho in August of 1910 and how the National Fire Service was a a political pawn of the issues during the time. ... elt-America/dp/0618968415

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Posted on: 2010/5/5 22:38
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Re: The Big Burn
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
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I'm a big fan of TR - he was wrong about glory and war IMHO, but right about almost everything else. This book sounds like something I'd enjoy reading. Thanks.

Posted on: 2010/5/9 13:21

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