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Fire: A Brief History, 2e
- updated and revised, with a new chapter on the Pyrocene.  Twenty years have passed since I wrote the original edition.  Some items needed refreshing, some needed to be rewritten, and I have a chance to introduce the notion that we are entering a fire age, the Pyrocene, comparable to the ice ages of the Pleistocene.  The best summary survey of fire around.

The contemporary fire scene in America


Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America A grand narrative of ideas, institutions, and fires.

To the Last Smoke A suite of regional reconnaissances, along with some topical essays and a few comparative pieces from overseas. An anthology of my favorite essays from the series will be published in 2020.

The books, with the last first:

Fire: A Brief History, 2nd edition, revised (2019)
To the Last Smoke, v. 9, Here and There (2018)

To the Last Smoke, v. 8, Slopovers: oak woodlands, Pacific Northwest, Alaska (2019)

To the Last Smoke, v. 7, The Northeast (2019)

Style and Story. Literary Methods for Writing Nonfiction (2018)

To the Last Smoke, v. 6, The Interior West (2018)
To the Last Smoke, v. 5, The Great Plains: A Fire Survey (2017)
To the Last Smoke, v. 4, The Southwest: A Fire Survey (2016)
To the Last Smoke, v. 3, The Northern Rockies: A Fire Survey (2016)
To the Last Smoke, v. 2, California: A Fire Survey (2016)
To the Last Smoke, v. 1, Florida: A Fire Survey (2016)
Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America (2015)
After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans (2015). Co-editor: Ben Minteer
Fire on Earth: An Introduction (2013). Co-authors: Andrew Sc0tt, David Bowman, William Bond, Martin Alexander
Fire: Nature and Culture (2012)
The Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene (2012). Co-author: Lydia V. Pyne
Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery (2010)
America's Fires: A Historical Context for Policy and Practice (2010)
Voice and Vision. A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction (2009)
Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada (2007)
The Still-Burning Bush (2006)
Brittlebush Valley (2005). Self-published.
Tending Fire. Coping with America's Wildland Fires (2004)
Smokechasing (2003)
Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910 (2001)
Fire: A Brief History (2001).
How the Canyon Became Grand. A Short History (1998)
Vestal Fire. An Environmental History, Told Through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter with the World (1997)
America's Fires. Management on Wildlands and Forests (1997). Out of print.
Introduction of Wildland Fire, 2nd ed (1996). Co-authors: Patricia Andrews, Richard Laven. Out of print. PDF available upon request.
World Fire. The Culture of Fire on Earth (1995)
Burning Bush. A Fire History of Australia (1991)
Fire on the Rim. A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon (1989)
Wildland Fires and Nuclear Winters: Selected Reconstruction of Historic Large Fires (1986). Co-author: Philip Omi.
The Ice. A Journey to Antarctica (1986)
Introduction to Wildland Fire ((1984). Out of print.
Dutton's Point. An Intellectual History of the Grand Canyon (1983). Our of print.
Fire in America. A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (1982)
Grove Karl Gilbert. A Great Engine of Research (1980)

All books, all editions.