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Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story Paperback – July 26, 2000


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  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon Historical Society Press (July 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875952704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875952703
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sacks on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This biography of the modern day father of Oregon, makes this native long for days past. For days when Oregon was a leader on the national politcla/cultural/social scene.
Walth does an excellent job detailing not only the political successes of one of Oregon's greatest politicians, but also of the man's personal shortcomings.
I am not certain how much appeal this book will have to non-Oregonian's or people who are unfamiliar with the Pacific Northwest, but I feel that it should be required reading by all students of political science attending Oregon universities.
Our state legislators who are constantly invoking McCall's name and legacy to advance their own political gains, would do well to read this biography. Our elected officials of today pale in comparison to the individual giants of years past.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Wyckoff on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Over the past 25 years I have read dozens of biographies. Most are not much more than a chronological listings of a person's accomplishments with little depth or analysis. This is one of the few biographies I have read that helps us understand the person which is what a real biography should do. But it is more than a biography. It helps us understand the life and the times of Tom McCall. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get to know Tom McCall, Oregon political history of the mid 20th century and the environmental movement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. C HALL VINE VOICE on July 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
More than two decades after his death, almost three decades after he left the governor's office, Tom McCall remains the defining figure of Oregon politics. It was during his tenure in office (1967-1975) that Oregon gained its reputation as a national leader in innovative public policy.
The McCall era saw Oregon protect virtually all of its beaches for public use; adopt the first bottle bill in the nation; clean up the Willamette River; adopt the country's first statewide land-use planning system; and much more. Although many of these concepts did not originate with McCall, he was the catylist and provided the leadership to make them a reality.
This era is brilliantly chronicled by Brent Walth in "Fire At Eden's Gate." Walth, a reporter for the Eugene Register-Guard, and now The Oregonian, knows the state and its leadership well, and this allows him to tell the McCall story with comprehensiveness and clarity. But this is more than a political biography; Walth also chronicles the story of McCall's celebrated family (including grandfather Thomas W. Lawson, "the Copper King"), his path to the governor's office, and his sometimes troubled personal life.
Anyone interested in understanding Oregon public life in the second half of the 20th century should enjoy and benefit from reading this well-crafted biography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Walth chronicles the life and times of Oregon's most sacred politician. Tom McCall was an outspoken conservationist who pushed his agenda with honor. Yet he had personal failings -- a drinking problem, a drug-addicted son -- that Walth didn't sidestep, but instead presented tastefully. This is a top-notch political biography.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Deserves a place in every hotel and bed/breakfast gift shop across Oregon -- for visitors to the Pacific Northwest to pick up. Walth tells the McCall story and in doing so coaches the reader about the things Oregonians are the most passionate about. Most of us cannot travel to another state and name their most famous governor -- yet McCall's legacy is often mentioned by domestic and international visitors to Oregon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Keach on February 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a Native Oregonian living on the east coast and this book helped me understand why I feel like a fish out of water in the midst of uncontrolled suburban sprawl, minimal recycling facilities, and chemical pollution violations are repeatedly ignored by local politicians.
Mr. Walth's book was exciting to read. I recommend it to anyone seeking to understand Oregonians and why we're so proud of the place we call home. Brent Walth tells the story of how Tom McCall gave us that pride.
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