An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks

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An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks

Format:  Paperback,

191 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9781426205637

ISBN-10: 1426205635

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The national park system ranks among our most magnificent achievements and the story of its creation reveals how the American landscape shaped our history and character and continues to do so almost 175 years after painter George Catlin first proposed "a nation's Park."
In these lavishly illustrated pages, award-winning author Kim Heacox chronicles our changing visions of wildness from the 17th century, when the first settlers built towns around shared commons, to 1916, when the National Park Service initiated a new kind of common-unspoiled parkland held in trust for Americans everywhere.
Here are explorers like Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, and John Wesley Powell, who reported wonders so amazing they were met with disbelief. Here too are farsighted leaders like Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and other sponsors of such parks as Yosemite and Yellowstone.
In spectacular counterpoint, 100 illustrations unveil a pristine new world that awed the artists and photographers from Eadweard Muybridge to Ansel Adams. An epilogue summarizes developments since 1916, and an appendix provides descriptions of every national park. A tale of discovery and an eloquent testament to our unparalleled natural glories, this is more than an account of our national parks: it's a telling portrait of the essential America.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9781426205637
ISBN-10: 1426205635
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 191
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 10.0 x 0.75

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Biography of Heacox, Kim

Kim Heacox is the award-winning author and photographer of close to 20 photography and essay books. As the principal photographer for the Smithsonian Guides to Natural America: The Pacific: Hawai'i, and Alaska, Heacox shot over 150 beautiful full-color photos of parks, wilderness preserves, nature sanctuaries, and scenic wonders. In her book Visions of Wild America: Pioneers of Preservation, Heacox wove the incredible adventures, epiphanies, and successes of important conservationists with their own quotes to present a well-rounded picture of Wild America. Other books produced by Heacox include Alaska's Inside Passage: Photography and Essays, Antarctica: The Last Continent, Alaska's National Parks, and Iditarod Spirit.

Biography of Carter, Jimmy

Jimmy Carter who served as thirty-ninth president of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. After leaving the White House he and his wife Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world.

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The national park system ranks among our most magnificent achievements and the story of its creation reveals how the American landscape shaped our history and character and continues to do so almost 175 years after painter George Catlin first proposed “a nation’s Park.”

In these lavishly illustrated pages, award-winning author Kim Heacox chronicles our changing visions of wildness from the 17th century, when the first settlers built towns around shared commons, to 1916, when the National Park Service initiated a new kind of common–unspoiled parkland held in trust for Americans everywhere.

Here are explorers like Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, and John Wesley Powell, who reported wonders so amazing they were met with disbelief. Here too are farsighted leaders like Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and other sponsors of such parks as Yosemite and Yellowstone.

In spectacular counterpoint, 100 illustrations unveil a pristine new world that awed the artists and photographers from Eadweard Muybridge to Ansel Adams. An epilogue summarizes developments since 1916, and an appendix provides descriptions of every national park. A tale of discovery and an eloquent testament to our unparalleled natural glories, this is more than an account of our national parks: it’s a telling portrait of the essential America.

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