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Common Theme and Community Read

2011-12 Selected Book

The Big Burn

The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America (2009) by Timothy Egan tells the true story of the fire that blazed through drought-stricken Northwest national forests in 1910 and the forest rangers, soldiers, college students, and immigrants who fought it. It paints a portrait of president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, who turned public land into a national treasure and established conservation as a national value.