"This testament to the rustic splendors of Rock Creek Park -- its woodlands and trails, meadows and streams -- serves as an eloquent tribute to the great urban wilderness that lies at the heart of the nation's capital." -- Smithsonian Magazine
"This is a beautifully made book, a collector's item." -- Carol Niedzialek, Potomac Appalachian
"How a slice of the wild came to be saved in the middle of Northwest Washington, D.C. is a complex subject, but Spilsbury explains it succinctly in her illustrated book." -- Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World
"A 'pleasurable glimpse' into the complex planning history of Washington DC, underpinning the development of Rock Creek Park." -- William B. Bushong, CRM: Journal of Heritage Stewardship
"Rock Creek Park is an oasis of quiet and natural beauty treasured by all who live in Washington, D.C. Gail Spilsbury's timely book tells how Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and other visionaries laid down precedents for the preservation of this unique national park in the middle of our nation's capital. This handsome book, laced with dramatic photographs, reminds us that our open spaces must never be taken for granted. As the pressures of urban life continue to encroach upon Rock Creek Park, will we have the wisdom to protect this urban gem for future generations?" -- Rick Morgan, People's Alliance for Rock Creek
About the Author
Gail Spilsbury is an editor at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler galleries. During the 1980s and '90s she lived in Italy, Poland, and Guyana, where she taught writing and worked as a freelance journalist and newspaper editor. She studied fiction under novelist John Gardner and writes screenplays in her spare time. Gail lives near Rock Creek Park, where she walks, bikes, and enjoys the scenery.