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America's Spectacular National Parks

7 Ratings: 4.1
a book by Dana Levy, and Michael Duchemin; edited by Letitia Burns O'Connor

The concept of the national park is an American contribution to world   civilization, and it remains a defining characteristic of our   country. From the rocky shore of Maine's Acadia to the barren crater   and lush rain … see full wiki

Publisher: Universe
Date Published: March 9, 1999
1 review about America's Spectacular National Parks

"To reinvigorate the visitor"

  • Apr 18, 2009
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From glaciers to volcanos, from deserts to waterways, the national parks of the United States are a resource belonging to the people. America's Spectacular National Parks is a gorgeous book celebrating our ownership of this resource, and it's a treasure in its own right.

The book begins with a brief history of the acquisition of the parks, beginning with Yellowstone in 1872. How do we keep the parks accessible while curtailing traffic? Has environmental education been successful in shifting public interest "from scenery to science?" What amenities are essential for the comfort of visitors and how do we integrate these needs with the parks' unique ecosystems? Our commitment is won with glorious photography and brief essays about fifty of our parks.

Editors Letitia Burns O'Connor and Dana Levy have organized the book by region from east to west. Each park from Maine's Acadia to Hawaii Volcanoes is featured with a two- to four-page spread by some of the country's most eminent nature photographers, among them Craig Blacklock (The Lake Superior Images), David Muench and Marc Muench (Canticle of the Earth: The Words of Francis of Assisi Celebrated in the Photography of David Muench; California: Portrait of a State (Portrait of a Place)), and Mike Sedam (The Olympic Peninsula: The Grace and Grandeur). There are a number of fold-out panoramas and the color values are breathtaking. If you can't go there, at least experience our wild places with this big, beautiful book.

At 16 x 12 inches and 132 pages, with full photographs on the covers and dustjacket, "National Parks" is a great addition to anyone's "coffee table library." It's a wonderful present -- that's how I got mine, from a good friend, and I love it. Consider yourself invited to remember our heritage; the National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916 with the following stated purpose:

"...To conserve the scenery and the national and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

We and our children are those future generations. Enjoy!

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