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I wrote last fall about Timothy Egan’s book, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America,” which I enjoyed.  (This book falls into that category of “enjoyed” that includes remarkable descriptions of tragedy such as Egan’s The Worst Hard Time, Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm, or Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, works that hit you in the gut and are hard to put down.)  Egan writes for the NY Times Opinionator section, and his piece “In Fire Country” (August 4, 2010) is worth checking out.  This month marks the 100 yr anniversary of the Big Burn in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana and Idaho.  You can see Egan discuss The Big Burn here, where he provides a nice background on the book and the birth of conservation in the US.

In Fire Country. Timothy Egan, The New York Times, August 4, 2010

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