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"Wilderness in National Parks is timely, original, ambitious, and comprehensive. It's a big book on a big subject." William Dietrich, author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants "Wilderness in National Parks is an extensively researched chronological narrative of specific events driving the internal debate within the National Park Service about whether and how to treat the concept of wilderness in managing the national parks. I highly recommend the book." - Timothy Duane, University of California, Berkeley, and Vermont Law School "John Miles's Wilderness in National Parks is a well-conceived treatment of the complicated relationship between the National Park Service and wilderness and all of its proponents. He hits the right themes and nicely negotiates the twists and turns of policy. This is a solid addition to the bookshelf of national park histories." - Hal Rothman, author of The New Urban Park: Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Civic Environmentalism --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Prior histories of wilderness policy have focused primarily on the National Forest Service, and this discussion of the NPS is needed."—The Western History Quarterly, The Western History Quarterly

"Wilderness in National Parks is an outstanding addition to the wilderness literature, an impeccably researched, well-argued work that provides important new perspectives on how the wilderness concept was conceived and incorporated by American national park administrators and bureaucrats in the 20th century."—International Journal of Wilderness, International Journal of Wilderness

"This is a remarkable book that fills an important niche in the literature on US national parks and the National Park Service (NPS). Miles effectively uses primary sources to document the conflict between promotion of the national parks and the erosion of wilderness due to increasing access and use of the parks as America became an auto culture. Highly recommended."—Choice, Choice

"This is a great case study for those managing or studying how to balance political and resource needs when managing public lands."—Wildlife Activist, Wildlife Activist

"Wilderness in National Parks is timely, original, ambitious, and comprehensive. It's a big book on a big subject."—William Dietrich, author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants

"Wilderness in National Parks is an extensively researched chronological narrative of specific events driving the internal debate within the National Park Service about whether and how to treat the concept of wilderness in managing the national parks. I highly recommend the book."—Timothy Duane, University of California, Berkeley, and Vermont Law School

"John Miles's Wilderness in National Parks is a well—conceived treatment of the complicated relationship between the National Park Service and wilderness and all of its proponents. He hits the right themes and nicely negotiates the twists and turns of policy. This is a solid addition to the bookshelf of national park histories."—Hal Rothman, author of The New Urban Park: Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Civic Environmentalism

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