Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Wildfire: A Reader

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Wildfire: A Reader

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Review: Wildfire: A Reader By Alianor True (Ed.) Reviewed by Mary Sue Rose Sheldon Jackson College, Alaska, USA Alianor True (Ed.). Wildfire: A Reader. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001. 248 pp. ISBN 1-55963-907-5 (paperback) US$17.95. Recycled, acid-free paper.

The questions rage on. Set fires? Fight fires? Let fires burn without intervention? Scientists and environmentalists have been arguing for years about wildfire management. Editor Alianor True, nature writer and firefighter, has gathered an informative and extremely readable collection of essays and book segments on wildfire.

Drawing from 24 sources, True brings together thinking on wildfire, beginning with fire tales from the voices of Native Americans up to modern voices experiencing the severe fire season of 2000 in the United States. Thinking about wildfire management continues to evolve and this book captures the evolution. It is organized around shifts in thinking on wildfire management.

Because both ancient and modern fires play a defining role in history, writers throughout the ages have attempted to convey the power, beauty, terror, and changes wrought by fire. All of these aspects are captured by the selections.

Part I: Big Country, Big Fires includes, in addition to Native American tales, excerpts by Meriwether Lewis, Washington Irving, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Mark Twain, and Stephen J. Pyne. Part II: Of Fire and Landscape covers the time period from the mid-1920s through the mid-1980s when the way Americans related to the environment changed radically. The wilderness was no longer considered untamable. …

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