The National Parks of the United States is a stunning tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. Read more...
The National Parks of the United States is a stunning tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. From the peaks of Colorado to the glaciers of Alaska, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the everglades of Florida, this handsome volume features all 59 National Parks, even the de-listed, forgotten three located in Michigan, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.
The book also provides useful details for each park including nearest city, coordinates, and size. Adding further inspirational content are personal reflections on the area quoted from a variety of perspectives, including park rangers, explorers and famous personalities such as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth and Harry S. Truman.
With a map overview of all the parks and sections dedicated to the wildlife and other protected areas, this book is a complete, breathtaking compilation of the splendor the United States park system has to offer.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-31
- Reviewer: Staff
In 2015, Australian photographer Thomas completed an ambitious undertaking that took him from American Samoa to Maine, and from Alaska to the U.S. Virgin Islands, over eight years. His mission was to photograph all 59 parks of the United States National Park Service. He believes this compilation marks the first time one photographer has documented all 59 parks as well as the three "forgotten" ones that were delisted when the criteria for national park status changed. Complemented by an artistic layout, the outstanding photographs capture expansive, often astonishing vistas with stunning color and light. Brief descriptions of each park are included, but the perfunctory, uninspired paragraphs won't add much to the reader's understanding and appreciation of these distinctive places. Much more effective are quotations from past and present park visitorssome of them famous, such as Theodore Roosevelt, and many not. Their words evoke the wide-eyed wonder and reverence that travelers experience in these wilderness settings. A map showing the locations of the parks, a section on park wildlife, and further information about Thomas's photography of the parks round out this volume, which is terrific sightseeing for both seasoned and armchair travelers. (Aug.)