The National Parks: America's Best Idea: An Illustrated History (Hardcover)

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    Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of The National Parks, is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker. His nine other books include, with Ken Burns,Horatio’s Drive and Lewis & Clark. He has collaborated on all of Ken Burns’s films for twenty years as a writer, producer, and consultant. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire. Ken Burns, director and producer ofThe National Parks, founded his own documentary company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His films includeThe War, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, which was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. His work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2008. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.
    The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behindThe Civil War, Baseball, and The War

    America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s 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 world’s first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recentadditions 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 enduringideals 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 characters—both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams—who 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.

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    ISBN 9780307268969
    Genre HISTORY / United States / General
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 403
    Publisher Date 2009-09-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
    Copyright Year 2009
    Height 10.75 in
    Wdth 9.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 3.95 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle America's Best Idea: An Illustrated History
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Duncan, Dayton
    Dimensions n/a
    Country of Origin United States

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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!

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      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.

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      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.

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