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The Book of the National Parks by [Yard, Robert Sterling]
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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TQA78G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Very interesting read !!!!! Describes in the words of Mark Twain and others the National Parks beauty around 1919. What I enjoyed was the history of each National Park.: who explored and documented their mystic wonder and the Indian accounts in the old west.
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The Book of the National Parks is a wonderful historical book on the National Parks. It was written around 1919, so none of the newer parks are represented. This does not diminish the value of the book. The history of the older parks, such as Yellowstone, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the volcanic parks, Mt. Rainer, Crater Lake and many others are very interesting. This is a valuable piece of our heritage and the author did a wonderful job with this book. I highly recommend it for the historical value as well as the subject matter.
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This review refers to the kindle edition of: The Book of National Parks by
Robert Sterling Yard

First off, if you are looking for a current and complete reading of the National Parks either for travel or just to learn about them, this book will probably not be of too much help to you. However, if you are interested in learning about the history of the earliest parks, how they came to be National Parks(and Monuments); how they developed geologically over the ages including a great lesson in rock formation of various kinds; and descriptions of the beauty to behold as well as the tourist aspect from the early 20th century, you will find this book to be an excellent read.

Published in 1919, there were what compared to today's figure only a handful of parks - 18 - some not even in states yet; for example in Alaska. Just after the war in Europe, people were looking for some of America's own beauty. Yard has obviously done some extensive research of the parks and the monuments. He not only has visited the parks and is able to describe the scenic beauty, travel to and through the sites, and statistics on various aspects, but also gives an excellent scientific looks at the progress of the creation of such awesome sights.

He breaks down the parks by the rock formations from which they have evolved.
Contents:
Preface
The Book of National Parks - On the Appreciation of Scenery
1. The National Parks of the United States
THE GRANITE NATIONAL PARKS -
Granite's Part in Scenery
2. Yosemite, the Incomparable
3. The Proposed Roosevelt National Park
4. The Heart of the Rockies
5. McKinley, Giant of Giants
6. Lafayette and the East
THE VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARKS -
On the Volcano in Scenery
7.
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Plan to keep this in my Kindle as a reference. I am already planning vacation spots based on the information given. Not so technical that is loses my interest, but enough facts for my use as a non-expert. Contains lists of places to visit, make me anxious to get going on my next trip.
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It simply had a lack of history and individual charm about each park. Maybe I expected more, but it doesn't deliver like you'd think.
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Very good book for researching recreational opportunities.
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This is a good reference book for current and future use. My husband and I enjoy visiting National Parks in the United States. Glad it also was free.
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I thought this would have more pictures of the National Parks not just a information and history on them. The information is quite detailed and informative but I would have liked pictures to go along with the information.
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