BOOK REVIEW | NONFICTION
Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?
By BRENDAN I. KOERNER DEC. 12, 2017, New York Times
" .... Though “Megafire” and “Firestorm” cover much of the same alarming ground, Kodas’s book is far better at capturing the Sisyphean struggles of the men and women who battle blazes for a living. The author of a previous book about the tourist trade on Mount Everest, Kodas has a knack for fluid prose and an eye for ghoulish detail. In recounting one Colorado firefighter’s brush with fiery death, for example, he notes that her severely burned fingers “felt like balloons about to pop”; later, he evokes the desolation of a burned-out wilderness by describing how “thousands of incinerated ponderosas looked like brushstrokes of black ink against the gray ash. ...”
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