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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War

Americas national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nations 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 the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the worlds 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 acres.

The 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

In a rich and wonderfully informative narrative, the authors delve into the history and the ideas that inspired the creation of the park system.

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About the Author

Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of The National Parks, is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker. His nine other books include, with Ken Burns, Horatios Drive and Lewis & Clark. He has collaborated on all of Ken Burnss films for twenty years as a writer, producer, and consultant. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Ken Burns, director and producer of The National Parks, founded his own documentary company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His films include The War, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, which was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. His work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2008. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739366325
Subtitle:
America's Best Idea
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Read by:
Duncan, Dayton
Read:
Burns, Ken
Read:
Duncan, Dayton
Author:
Duncan, Dayton
Author:
Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
Author:
Burns, Ken
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Five CD
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20090908
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6 x 5 x 1.2 in .3 lb
Media Run Time:
390

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Business » General
History and Social Science » US History » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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