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Fire on the Rim A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon

by Stephen J. Pyne

Fire on the Rim A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon Synopsis

In this lively account of one [fire] season, Pyne introduces us to the tightly knit world of a fire crew, to the complex geography of the North Rim, to the technique and changing philosophy of fire management. * Publishers Weekly *

Fire on the Rim A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon Press Reviews

Forest fires are both the subject and the main characters in this mesmerizing account by a MacArthur Prize-winning professor who spent 15 summers as a `Longshot' firefighter. The result is a heady combination of poetic prose, analytic language (trees are `large fuels'), and ecological polemic directed at the bureaucratic infighting that afflicts the two great administrators of the nation's wilderness-the Park Service and the National Forest Service. . . . This rewarding book should add a `large fuel' of its own to the debate over our endangered wilderness. * Kirkus * Stephen J. Pyne is to fire what Theodore White was to American politics, an insider who can explain how his subject works and affects our lives. . . . In Fire on the Rim Pyne has compressed accounts of the 15 summers he spent as an eager firefighter [on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon]. He begins as a single man, enjoying the heady freedom of his summertime release from college, and ends when he is married and a father, a veteran fighting his last gritty battle against the flames before regretfully packing up like a successful professional athlete who has stayed two or three seasons too long. . . . This book, full of human detail, brings us to the front lines, and we learn what fires mean to the fire-crew foreman (an empire to rule over, if only for a summer) and to the individual firefighter (not the least is plenty of overtime if the struggle against a minor blaze can be stretched out). . . . The author reminds us of the natural rhythms of these vast wild preserves that thwart any of man's efforts to shape them. * New York Times Book Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780295974835
Publication date: 15th June 1995
Author: Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages
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