Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (Paperback)
From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape.
"On rare occasions, the historical literature is enriched by the introduction of a broad new field for study, by a book that dramatically expands the boundaries of scholarly investigation. Stephen Pyne's Fire in America is such a book. It achieves the Promethean goal of bringing fire to history". -- Science
"Stephen J. Pyne compels our admiration for his gargantuan ambition and richly informed intelligence. He tells us more than anyone else to date has about the role of fire in the landscape, tells us we have been wrong in assuming a pristine state of nature before the white man's invasion, tells us what fire has meant to the rise of civilization and this nation. No one interested in environmental history can afford to ignore this massive achievement". -- Journal of American History
About the Author
Stephen J. Pyne is professor of history at Arizona State University. He is the author of ten books, including World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth.
William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West" won the Bancroft Prize in 1992.