338 pages, 33 b/w photos, 2 maps
Yellowstone National Park is beloved passionately and, as with all objects of passion, it generates heated feelings and has for over 125 years. Created in 1872, Yellowstone has been at the center of efforts to conserve the nation's once vast western wilderness. In turn Yellowstone's history has demonstrated how complex those efforts to conserve it have been. As Schullery writes, "We inherited this great humming thing . . . Ever since then we have imagined ourselves wise enough to control it and have rushed to judge what is wrong with it. And every time we looked hard enough, we discovered that there was more wrong with our judgment than with Yellowstone." This marvelously detailed book skillfully and objectively traces the park's social and ecological history from Pleistocene times to the present. Searching for Yellowstone is an absolute "must read" for anyone wanting to understand why the park is engraved in the American consciousness.
"In Searching for Yellowstone Schullery has given us a refreshingly unhyperbolic look at the place he loves, and has thus notably honored its beauty, its mystery, its people, its past – and its future."
– New York Times Book Review
"The wondrous and subtle cultural landscape of Yellowstone is lovingly detailed in this comprehensive, level-headed study."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Searching for Yellowstone is [...] a guide to an inner park that few of us have been lucky enough to visit."
2) Ancient Yellowstone
3) Things a Little Incredible
4) Wild Romantic Splendor
5) A Public Park
6) Ecological Holocaust
7) Privations and Inconveniences
8) A Single Rock
9) Big Men with Fine Personalities
10) Reasonable Illusions
11) The High Price of Success
12) Greater Yellowstone
13) Holocene Park
14) Imagining Yellowstone
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Paul Schullery, former director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books, including American Fly-Fishing: A History (1987), Royal Coachman (1999), Lewis and Clark among the Grizzlies (2002) and, with Lee Whittlesey, Yellowstone's Creation Myth (2003). He lives in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.