The national parks America's best idea : an illustrated history

Dayton Duncan

Book - 2009

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 world's 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.

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2009.
1st ed
Item Description
Maps on endpapers.
"Based on a film by Ken Burns, produced by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan."
Physical Description
xix, 403 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-391) and index.
Main Author
Dayton Duncan (-)
Other Authors
Ken Burns, 1953- (-)
  • Our best selves : A treasure house of nature's superlatives
  • The scripture of nature : Homeland: an interview with Gerard Baker
  • For the benefit of the people : Transcendence: an interview with Shelton Johnson
  • Empire of grandeur : Stories of discovery: an interview with Nevada Barr
  • Going home : Redefining beauty: an interview with Paul Schullery
  • Great nature : Democracy at its best: an interview with Juanita Greene
  • The morning of creation : This is what we loved: an interview with Terry Tempest Williams
  • Afterword: the best day.