Book Review: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns is a coffee table book which is supposed to be a supplementary to the TV documentary, but certainly stands on its own.

  • 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307268969

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My rating for The National Parks: America’s Best Idea – 4
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Thoughts:
On our last vacation we managed to hit three national parks, one was planned but the other two were just road stops. When I saw The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns in our local library I picked it up for no other reason.

I’m happy I did, this is a wonderful book, full of excellent, enticing visuals and great passages. The historical parts are informative but not too overburdening. I especially enjoyed the old promotional posters peppered within the book.

Even if you don’t have a passion for the outdoors, or not a fan of America’s National Parks this book will certainly entertain you. It is an easy read with excellent pictures from the old and recent days.

The development of the Park System is discussed and several individuals are recognized in shaping the way we think of our parks. Treating them as the national treasure which several outstanding leaders recognized them to be a long time before others came on board.

This is more of a historical book, if you want to find information about one particular park this is not for you. I believe this book would make a wonderful gift to almost anyone, and a pleasure to have around the house.

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Dis­claimer: I got this book from the local library.
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