Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America [NOOK Book]

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With vivid descriptions of the famous fires that have raged in Yellowstone, the heroes who have tried to protect it, and the strategies that evolved as a result, Barker draws us into the very heart of a debate over our attempts to control nature and people.
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Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America

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Overview

With vivid descriptions of the famous fires that have raged in Yellowstone, the heroes who have tried to protect it, and the strategies that evolved as a result, Barker draws us into the very heart of a debate over our attempts to control nature and people.
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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
"Scorched Earth is part policy treatise, part history, and part adventure story."
High Country News
"Scorched Earth will likely be recognized as a seminal work in the West's fire history—poignant historical analysis, told with a storyteller's flair."
Natural Areas Journal - Gerry Wright

 “A lively and revealing narrative of the scoundrels, idealists, vainglorious generals and solid pioneers who parleyed a sulfurous, geyser-punctuated paradise into a world-class national park system.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and John James Au - Richard Rhodes

“A lively and revealing narrative of the scoundrels, idealists, vainglorious generals and solid pioneers who parleyed a sulfurous, geyser-punctuated paradise into a world-class national park system.”
Natural Areas Journal
"This is a good book and a good read for those interested in the history of wildfire, resource preservation, and fire fighting efforts of the West."
Chair of the Board and Faculty Director of the Center of the American West - Patricia Nelson Limerick
"Rocky Barker's Scorched Earth presents Westerners with a much-needed opportunity to consider, with both depth and breadth, the big picture of wildlands fire in the region. Fair, thorough, clearheaded, and wonderfully attentive to the origins of our current practices and problems, Barker provides us with a prime demonstration of the value that journalists with integrity and spirit provide to their society."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266253
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 442,020
  • File size: 654 KB

Meet the Author


Rocky Barkeris the author of three books, including Saving All the Parts (Island Press, 1993). The environmental writer for the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Barker has seen his columns syndicated in newspapers across the nation. The National Wildlife Federation awarded him with its National Conservation Achievement Award in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: September 7, 1988 1
Chapter 1 The General 11
Chapter 2 Jay Cooke, Nathaniel Langford, and the Northern Pacific 27
Chapter 3 The Creation Myth 35
Chapter 4 Yellowstone's Preservation Imperiled 43
Chapter 5 The Cavalry Rides to Preservation's Rescue 57
Chapter 6 The Gospel of Fire 73
Chapter 7 Fire and Rain 89
Chapter 8 The Big Blowup 101
Chapter 9 The End of the Trail 113
Chapter 10 Green Fire 129
Chapter 11 The Face of Conservation 147
Chapter 12 The Natural Revolution 159
Chapter 13 Greater Yellowstone Rediscovered 175
Chapter 14 Calm before the Storm 185
Chapter 15 The Fires of Summer 193
Chapter 16 Burn, Baby, Burn 203
Chapter 17 Moment of Truth 213
Chapter 18 From Old Faithful to Los Alamos 225
Epilogue 239
Notes 249
Acknowledgments 263
Index 266
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