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Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia Paperback – 1 July 1998

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Mr. Pyne, showing what a historian deeply schooled in environmental science can contribute to our awareness of nature and culture, has produced a provocative work that is a major contribution to the literature of environmental studies.

--New York Times Book Review

Stephen Pyne is a great storyteller, and here he weaves as fine a tale as one could imagine about a phenomenon as seemingly ordinary as fire.

--Natural History

This is a phenomenal piece of research and writing, an epic that moves from prehistoric geology to contemporary firefighting theory and draws on an array of natural and social sciences to do so. This is geographical writing at its best and most exhaustive and will intrigue anyone interested in Australia, the environment or human civilization.

--San Francisco Chronicle

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Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, showing that it has been a powerful environmental determinant, shaping both social and natural histories.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Washington Press; Revised ed. edition (1 July 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 556 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0295976772
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0295976778
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.52 x 15.54 x 3.35 cm
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