Book Discussion on The Big Burn

Timothy Egan talked about his book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; October 19,… read more

Timothy Egan talked about his book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; October 19, 2009). He talked about the largest forest fire in American history on August 20, 1910, drought-ravaged areas of Washington, Idaho, and Montana went up in flames as winds created a massive blaze . A group of 10,000 men were organized by forest rangers to stop the fire that destroyed small towns and national forests and killed nearly 100 people. Mr. Egan recalled the struggles of the fire-fighters that inspired the nation to continue on with former President Teddy Roosevelt’s interest in preserving forest land. He responded to questions from members of the audience.

Timothy Egan is the author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, which was awarded the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He currently writes a weekly column titled, “Outposts” for the New York Times.

This event was held by Fact & Fiction bookstore in Missoula, Montana, on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at 7 p.m. CT. The event date on screen is incorrect. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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Dec 21, 2009
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Feb 1, 2010

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  • Dec 21, 2009 | 7:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 11, 2010 | 2:05am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 01, 2010 | 7:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
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