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THE PBS NARRATIVE TO BE A BIT TEDIOUS SORRY PBS narrative to be a bit tedious sorry Burns AND despite his wonderful intro uoted above However this companion book to his documentary about our National Parks is a GEM I liked the fact that I could take my time and choose the images and text I was most excited about I took it to work with me and read from it to coworkers and exclaimed over the fascinating people characters we meet along the way I even *Welled Up In Parts *up in parts I give it ten stars Yes ten This may appear to be ust a coffee table book but it s much than that This is a comprehensive history of our national parks from the first molecule of an idea right up to the present I learned about many of the key figures here and there in my university degree program This book pulled it all together for me chronologically so I could appreciate each person s sacrifices and contributions within the context of the emerging national park system I ve been a user and a lover of our national parks since early childhood I ve visited nearly all of the parks and monuments in the Western US and worked a few summers in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons So I m going to get sap. The valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world’s 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 acresThe 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.
Dayton Duncan Á 5 charactersPy and mushy here fair warning and say
that my heart really did swell withmy heart really did with gratitude I read about the tireless determination of these men and women Amid great opposition they worked to set aside our national treasures You ve heard the names John Muir Stephen Mather Horace Albright Teddy Roosevelt FDR John D Rockefeller Jr Laurence Rockefeller Olaus Adolph and Mardy Murie and too many others too mention Mather and the Rockefellers spent millions of their own dollars buying up property to donate anticipating national park status for those lands What a legacy The history also includes some of the colorful characters who studied visited or tried to scam a profit from the national parks These stories are sometimes entertaining sometimes sad and sometimes ust plain hard to fathom with our 21st Century mentalityOf course the book is full of stunning scenic photos and artwork as well as a wealth of historical photos I m very passionate about what s left of our wild lands so I ll be revisiting this book in
the future The book springs from a PBS special for whichfuture The book springs from a PBS special for which is a set of six DVDs If you re too lazy to read the book view the program and absorb some important history. 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 democrac. We ve got the DVD we the DVD every other year as the boys get older now we
Ve Got The Itgot the book It Steven Mathers great mind as well in 1916 to invent the National Park System A man who had serious trouble with being bi polar on any spectrum long before we had a name for it created a wonderful gift with Teddy RooseveltWe are truly blessedRecommend reads bookuits day obGoes out to become a park rangerRides a bison across the wilderness while bald eagles screech overhead First off BEAUTIFUL photos a mix of scenic and historical This book explores the founding of our national parks Fun and interesting details about the well knowns like Muir and Roosevelt but the author also does a great Play Like You Mean It job of highlighting the unsung heroes and stories no one s heard before Even if youust flip thru the book and look at a few photos and read a paragraph or two I bet you ll want to ump in your car and scoot over to the nearest National Park And I recommend the Ken Burns documentary as well Victoria For the first time in human history land great sections of our natural landscape was set aside not for kings or noblemen or the very rich but for everyone for all time Ken BurnsAt th. The companion volume to the twelve hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War Baseball and The WarAmerica’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. .