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( Read E-pub ) µ 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 inof 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 andmillion 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 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 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 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 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