Encyclopedia of American National Parks

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Rothman and Ewert's reference text provides an overview and history of the national park system and a section of brief biographies of the National Park Service's directors, followed by entries for the nation's parks arranged alphabetically by park name. Each entry includes the park's location, acreage, date of establishment, and a brief history and description of the site. In addition to a general subject index, each of the two volumes includes a table of contents with a complete alphabetical listing of the park ...
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Overview

Rothman and Ewert's reference text provides an overview and history of the national park system and a section of brief biographies of the National Park Service's directors, followed by entries for the nation's parks arranged alphabetically by park name. Each entry includes the park's location, acreage, date of establishment, and a brief history and description of the site. In addition to a general subject index, each of the two volumes includes a table of contents with a complete alphabetical listing of the park entries, a listing of parks by state and territory, and eight regional maps showing the park locations. The editors' credentials are not stated; the contributing authors are not identified. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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There are numerous directories and travel guides devoted to the U.S. National Park System, but none is as comprehensive as this title. Rothman (Univ. of Nevada) and Ewert (Weber State Univ.) have both published extensively on U.S. environmental history. In this set, they provide more than 350 entries on parks, historic sites, monuments, battlefields, recreation areas, parklands, memorials, trails, and preserves. Only parks that are directly administered by the National Parks System are covered. Volume 1 contains an excellent overview and history of the park system and both volumes include regional maps marking the location of each site. The entries average two pages in length and begin with location, size, and date established, followed by a description of the site and the park's history, from the earliest known inhabitants to the present. Entries are simply yet engagingly written and quite informative despite their brevity. Bottom Line For libraries seeking an exhaustive listing of all areas administered by the National Park Service, a title such as Parks Directory of the United States is preferable. For libraries that want tourist-oriented descriptions of selected sites and their amenities, glossy works such as The Sierra Club Guides to the National Parks series serve better. But for public and university libraries seeking informative, concise material on the subject, this is a good choice.-Nadine Cohen-Baker, Univ. of Georgia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765680570
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 700

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