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National Parks: The American Experience (1979)

by Alfred Runte

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Excellent history of the parks, most especially the early years. ( )
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Beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, a small group of visionaries and idealists pioneered a unique esperiment in landscape democracy - the national park idea.
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This third edition includes a new essay on recent environmental issues and concerns, especially as they center on Yellowstone National Park.

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In this highly acclaimed history of the national parks, Alfred Runte takes us from Yosemite and Yellowstone to Alaska on a journey of discovery of the American land. Also a prominent adviser and on-camera personality in the Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America┐?┐s Best Idea, Runte reminds us what it means to have national parks in a country equally committed to economic achievement. In this fourth edition, there are many new photographs and some old favorites┐?┐including an eight-page color portfolio. The text has been revisited in its entirety and a majority of the chapters extensively revised. The book concludes with a hard-hitting assessment about the future, noting that civilization is the problem parks solve. If the park idea America started is to survive, the world must continue to embrace it, too.… (more)

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