Beautiful coffee table book, filled with spectacular photography and detailed history of the National Parks....it was a gift and the recipient LOVED it!...
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: An Illustrated History (Hardcover)
The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War
Americas national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the...
Americas national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nations most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the worlds first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres.
The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling charactersboth unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adamswho have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well.
The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy.
|Genre||HISTORY / United States / General|
|Publisher Date||2009-09-08 00:00:00.0|
|Publisher||Alfred a Knopf Inc|
|Unit weight||3.95 lb|
|Subtitle||America's Best Idea: An Illustrated History|
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Beautiful coffee table book, filled with spectacular photography and detailed history of the National Parks....it was a gift and the recipient LOVED it!Read More
We are very pleased with the book's contents....it was a gift for my husband who loves the National Parks, so he is busy reading every word. A few more spectacular pictures would have been nice as I'm sure photos of the parks are numerous and very special. We will definitly share the book and recommend it to others.Read More
the book is informative and the pictures are beautiful. This was a gift for my son-in-law but I looked at the book before I gave it. He loves it. It is the perfect book for a person who is interested in history and loves the outdoors.Read More
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