Based on Ken Burns' documentary series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, this book is the renowned filmmaker's visual and narrative history of America's national parks. The book tells the story of how America became the first nation to set aside a large tract of natural scenery--not a landscaped garden or city park--to be enjoyed by future generations, regardless of their social status or wealth. The book explores the enduring ideals and intense political battles that have produced a national parks system that currently covers 84 million acres, beginning with the Mariposa Battalion's discovery in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite. Four hundred and forty rich photographs and detailed illustrations capture the sublime beauty of Haleakala in Hawaii, the Florida Everglades, Rocky Mountain National Park, and more. Hardcover; 403 pages.
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