[Read] ➬ The National Parks: America's Best Idea Author Dayton Duncan – Thomashillier.co.uk

The National Parks: America's Best Idea 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 Of The Valley That Would Become Yosemite And The Creation Of The World S First National Park At Yellowstone In , Through The Most Recent Additions To A System That Now Encompasses Nearly Four Hundred Sites And 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, 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


10 thoughts on “The National Parks: America's Best Idea

  1. says:

    The glories of nature versus the all mighty dollar, this is the story of America This is story of The National Parks America s Best Idea.Having just read a book by John Muir, seen as the savior of Yosemite, and having an ingrained love of nature, I was naturally driven towards The National Parks. I ve always wanted to see them for myself, but lately I ve developed a desire to know their history I was thrilled to find this book in audio format at my local library This is the book form of Ken The glories of nature versus the all mighty dollar, this is the story of America This is story of The National Parks America s Best Idea.Having just read a book by John Muir, seen as the savior of Yosemite, and having an ingrained love of nature, I was naturally driven towards The National Parks. I ve always wanted to see them for myself, but lately I ve developed a desire to know their history I was thrilled to find this book in audio format at my local library This is the book form of Ken Burns 2009 documentary In fact, Burns narrates the bulk of this audiobook While not possessing the most commanding of voices, Burns is nonetheless effective He makes documentaries on subjects that have great meaning to him and in turn he conveys his love to his viewers, and in this case, his readers That the U.S was the first nation to preserve land as national parks is a point of pride It s heartening to hear of humans doing the right thing for the good of our planet It s disheartening to hear of the many humans willing to pave over all of nature in order to make a fast buck in the moment without regard to others or the future The battle, who waged it and how it was won or lost gives the reader a greater appreciation for the struggle.Each park has an Interesting story The book starts off with Yosemite and John Muir, the Scotsman who was so instrumental in kicking off the preservation moment in America.It then moves on to YellowstoneDenaliAcadiaThe EvergladesZionThe Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon did not immediately become a National Park at first opportunity Arizonans didn t want it Some of them wanted to profit from the Canyon via mining, grazing, and putting up their own houses and hotels on the rim to leech off the rise in tourism as roads and rail plowed their way right up to the edge of the precipice.That is the story of so many of our national parks Today we sometimes take them for granted, forgetting that their existence was at one recent time very much so in the balance The National Parks is an excellent reminder of the struggle for preservation and a great way to verbally experience the parks vicariously


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    This may appear to be just a coffee table book, but it s muchthan 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 na This may appear to be just a coffee table book, but it s muchthan 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 U.S and worked a few summers in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons So I m going to get sappy and mushy here fair warning and say that my heart really did swell with gratitude as 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 thecolorful characters who studied, visited, or tried to scam a profit from the national parks These stories are sometimes entertaining, sometimes sad, and sometimes just plain hard to fathom with our 21st Century mentality.Of 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 which there is a set of six DVDs If you re too lazy to read the book, view the program and absorb some important history


  3. says:

    There are two ways to read this book The first would be a quick scan through, like a coffee table book to browse the beautiful photography and maybe read the short bios and interviews scattered throughout the book Or, you can read the book in it s entirety and learn the history of how our national parks came to be, and who the pivotal people were who made it happen Either way, I would give it a 5 star rating I come from a family who has a great appreciation for the national parks My grandpa There are two ways to read this book The first would be a quick scan through, like a coffee table book to browse the beautiful photography and maybe read the short bios and interviews scattered throughout the book Or, you can read the book in it s entirety and learn the history of how our national parks came to be, and who the pivotal people were who made it happen Either way, I would give it a 5 star rating I come from a family who has a great appreciation for the national parks My grandparents both spent summers in their college years working in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, and passed their love of it down through the decades I also inherited their love of the outdoors, and understand the need that humans have to get close to nature sometimes How thankful I am for the far sighted Americans and immigrants who made it possible for these beautiful scenes to be preserved for future generations to enjoy


  4. says:

    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 the risk of offending Ken Burns fans, I found the PBS narrative to be a bit tedious sorry, Ken Burns , AND despite his wonderful intro quoted 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 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 the risk of offending Ken Burns fans, I found the PBS narrative to be a bit tedious sorry, Ken Burns , AND despite his wonderful intro quoted 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 sniff I give it ten stars Yes, ten


  5. says:

    What a wonderful addition to my national parks education I read this via audio, which always challenges me to keep the story straight As Dayton Duncan said at the end of the book, this is a story about the individuals who and ideas that helped form our national parks Many, if not most, times, movies result as adaptations of a book Interestingly in this case, the book was a result of the Ken Burns The National Parks America s Best Idea I have saved watching the video series until I d read What a wonderful addition to my national parks education I read this via audio, which always challenges me to keep the story straight As Dayton Duncan said at the end of the book, this is a story about the individuals who and ideas that helped form our national parks Many, if not most, times, movies result as adaptations of a book Interestingly in this case, the book was a result of the Ken Burns The National Parks America s Best Idea I have saved watching the video series until I d read the book, so now on to viewing.John Muir was a prominent figure throughout the book, and rightly so A succinct, but good, account of Muir is given early on and has impressed me to learnabout him Somewhere in the last part of the book the term Muir Moments was used, and all those Muir Moments thereafter were special I get a special little thrill when a book I m reading surprisingly mentions a person I ve recently met in my reading life Such was the case here The man Adolf Murie was foremost in a chapter, and I wondered, with a hopeful expectation, that he was somehow related to Olaus and Mardy Murie, of whom I had read about last year in her book, Two in the Far North Not only that, but on a recent trip to the Grand Tetons, I saw on a park map an area marked as Murie Ranch To me, since Murie is not a common last name, I wondered Olaus and Mardy were crossing my path again When I got to the visitor center, I asked one of the park rangers about the Murie Ranch Sure enough, it was the home of Olaus and Mardy for over thirty years after their time in Alaska, and a place where Adolf visited often That thrilled me Also, in this book, Olaus simple response to a graduate student intern asking how he could help to which Olaus replied, Wear out a pair of hiking boots That, I think, is how we can help perpetuate our national parks Almost at the end of the book, Dayton Duncan recounts his story of how a particular visit to a national park affected him as a youngster and then how that same visit affected his Duncan s son It was beautiful and would bring a bit of touching tears to the eyes This book has helped forge my own desire to travel and explore America s protected natural areas while I still am able I particularly enjoyed the audio edition


  6. says:

    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 job of highlighting the unsung heroes and stories no one s heard before Even if you just flip thru the book and look at a few photos and read a paragraph or two, I bet you ll want to jump in your car and scoot over to the nearest National Park And I recommend the Ken B 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 job of highlighting the unsung heroes and stories no one s heard before Even if you just flip thru the book and look at a few photos and read a paragraph or two, I bet you ll want to jump in your car and scoot over to the nearest National Park And I recommend the Ken Burns documentary as well Victoria


  7. says:

    For all the American history I have read, nothing has taught meabout democracy, illustrated how American democracy operates, or personalized the values underlying our democracythan a book about National Parks No book on the Founding Fathers, no book about military engagements, no book on civil rights National Parks Go figure This was an enlightening and as touching a book as I ve ever read.


  8. says:

    reads book Quits day job Goes out to become a park ranger Rides a bison across the wilderness while bald eagles screech overhead


  9. says:

    This was a wonderful history of the national park system, featuring some of my old friends, John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt I m particularly grateful for recent visits to Yosemite and Yellowstone, which made the stories all thataccessible And I look forward to park visits in my future.I knocked a star off for the pantheism of later episodes and, frankly, for wolves In my part of the world wolves are a clear and present danger The downfall of the audio edition is missing the vibrant visua This was a wonderful history of the national park system, featuring some of my old friends, John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt I m particularly grateful for recent visits to Yosemite and Yellowstone, which made the stories all thataccessible And I look forward to park visits in my future.I knocked a star off for the pantheism of later episodes and, frankly, for wolves In my part of the world wolves are a clear and present danger The downfall of the audio edition is missing the vibrant visual splendor Having invested 15 hours in listening to the audio, I don t want to get sucked into 15 hours of viewing But the print book is on its way to my library, so I can peruse and enjoy the photographs


  10. says:

    We ve got the DVD, we watch the DVD every other year as the boys get older now we ve got the book It was 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 Roosevelt.We are truly blessed.Recommend We ve got the DVD, we watch the DVD every other year as the boys get older now we ve got the book It was 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 Roosevelt.We are truly blessed.Recommend


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