"I'll Never Fight Fire with My Bare Hands Again": Recollections of the First Forest Rangers of the Inland Northwestby Hal K. Rothman (Editor)
"An utterly fascinating look at the lives of foresters in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The letters address a wealth of important topics from fighting fires, to relations with Indians, to repairing Model T's. Delightful!"Donald J. Pisani, author of To Reclaim a Divided West: Water, Law, and Public Policy, 1848-1902
"This is history with a human face, written from fond memory by people with considerable literary talent. It's a rendition of high adventure, low comedy, and plain hard work in a spectacular landscape."David A. Clary, author of Timber and the Forest Service
"In this rich context, the issues of fire, timber, range, and mineral policy play out against a background of local community politics and ultimately a progressive acceptance of the presence of the ranger, the organization, and the mission of conservation."William D. Rowley, author of U.S. Forest Service Grazing and Rangelands: A History
Author Biography: Hal K. Rothman is a professor of history at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and editor of Environmental History. Among his books are Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West; The Greening of a Nation? Environmentalism in the U.S. Since 1945; America's National Monuments: The Politics of Preservation; On Rims and Ridges: The Los Alamos Area Since 1880; and Reopening the American West. He was featured in a four-hour television special, "Las Vegas," on the Arts and Entertainment network.
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