"A tour de force. Deftly combining the perspectives of fire ecology and political ecology and drawing on a variety of archival, documentary, interview, and field-based sources, Kull's detailed, authoritative, gracefully written, and handsomely illustrated work is a major contribution to our understanding of the Malagasy 'fire problem' while underscoring the need to appreciate the broader ecological, socioeconomic, political, ideological, and historical context in which resource struggles occur. . . . It will prove of great interest and value to geographers, anthropologists, ecologists, environmentalists, and many others."