384 pages, 400 colour photos
An inspired tribute to the astonishing beauty and priceless cultural treasures of America's National Parks, National Geographic the National Parks is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This stunning volume collects the very best of National Geographic's photographs, combined with an expertly told history: from the multi-hued layers of the Grand Canyon to the verdigris flame of the Statue of Liberty, National Geographic the National Parks presents a breathtaking panorama of the National Parks.
Author Kim Heacox, an expert in the history of the National Parks and a former Denali National Park ranger, tells the unlikely story of the creation of the National Park Service and its wild success as it has grown over the last century, peppering his account with colourful characters both famous and little-known. Beginning with the origins of the park service and tracing the evolution of its mission to protect scenery to becoming an advocate for cultural and natural preservation and conservation, Heacox weaves into his tale dozens of fascinating and stories and personalities. From the first female park ranger to a decidedly amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a submerged Civil War treasure trove, Heacox takes readers on a VIP tour of America's rich natural and cultural heritage.
Pages of eye-popping photo spreads punctuate each chapter and showcase the full sweep of wonders; from pristine coral reefs to the Gettysburg battlefield to glaciers and all the glorious diversity in between. A gift to give or keep, The National Parks offers a breathtaking tour of the very best of America's national treasures.
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Kim Heacox, an award-winning writer, photographer, and conservationist has lived in Alaska for 25 years. He is an expert in the history of the National Parks Service and a former Denali National Park ranger. He has written four books for National Geographic, most recently An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks. Kim is also the author of Alaska Light, Jimmy Bluefeather, and the memoirs, The Only Kayak: A Journey Into the Heart of Alaska and DenaliHeart. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine. Kim has made numerous journeys to Arctic Svalbard and Antarctica, and spends much of his time writing about and photographing life in Earth's polar regions.