A Thinking Person's Guide To America's National Parks

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9780807600191: A Thinking Person's Guide To America's National Parks

On the centennial of the National Park Service, this richly illustrated book offers invaluable advice on exploring America’s national park system.  

The book delves into issues affecting an array of parks: the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone; the urban parks such as Golden Gate National Recreation Area; historic sites including the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Gettysburg National Military Park; and cultural areas like Mesa Verde National Park that are among America’s over 400 national parks.              

Twenty-three essays from contributing authors with deep personal and professional connections to the national parks serve as expert guides to places in the park system where:  

  • much of the nation’s biological and cultural diversity is represented;
  • ideas such as freedom, civil rights, and conservation were conceived;
  • vast wilderness offers solitude and reflection;
  • storied landscapes preserve a sense of place;
  • the balance between recreation and preservation is tested;
  • research and learning engage the next generation;
  • the dynamics of nature are being shaped by a changing climate; and  
  • innovations in technology, sustainability, and stewardship provide a sense of purpose and hope.
300 Color Illustrations

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About the Author:

Robert E. Manning, Ph.D., is Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources at University of Vermont

Rolf Diamant is a former national park superintendent and is now adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont

Nora J. Mitchell, Ph.D. is former Director, National Park Service Stewardship Institute and is now adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont

David Harmon is executive director of the George Wright Society.

Review:

“This centenary year of the National Park Service is the perfect moment for A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks.... the essays and often breathtaking photographs in this volume expertly examine the more than 400 sites of natural beauty and historic importance that make up the national park system.”
- The Wall Street Journal

“[A] provocative, seductively illustrated anthology of 23 essays... entries–covering communities and partnerships, new park resources, and the next 100 years–soar with thought-provoking content.”
- Publishers Weekly

“...provides considerable historical detail and a look at the parks as treasure of the American spirit.”
- Library Journal (Starred Review)

“... an excellent armchair roadmap to the Park Service’s more than 400 sites and its many priorities and pursuits...”
- Brad Tyer, High Country News

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Verlag: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB Mai 2017 (2017)
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