Thomas Andrews graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first book, Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War, won six awards, including the Bancroft Prize. His most recent book, Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies, is an environmental history of the Colorado headwaters region of Rocky Mountain National Park. He is working on a multi-book project on human-animal relationships in US history. Andrews is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award, and other honors.
In 2020, three Colorado wildfires consumed a combined total of more than half a million acres—dwarfing what had previously been the state’s most destructive fire seasons. It should have been an alarm heard throughout the West, even worldwide. The lessons were right there to be learned. And yet . . .