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Library JournalThey may lack the picture postcard beauty of the Yosemite Valley or the awe-inspiring grandeur of Yellowstone, but without the riches preserved by the National Grasslands of the United States and Canada, our agricultural economy would hardly be the "world's breadbasket" that it is now. It took a devastating drought, a crippling depression, a radical President, and a daring First Lady to preserve the more than four million acres of grass and wildflowers scattered over a large part of the western United States and Canada. Parks named Black Kettle, Pawnee Buttes, Rita Blanca, and Buffalo Gap are not on the top list of vacation travelers eager to see the beauties of America, but as this book shows, it might be wise to take a side trip to spend some hours in the total serenity of the National Grasslands. Moul writes with the passion and poetry needed to stimulate the traveler to look beyond the bold and the gaudy and see into the very heart of the American continent. The photographs by Georg Joutras (Along the Edge of Daylight: Photographic Travels from Nebraska and the Great Plains) are seductive enough to lure any traveler seeking a less hectic pace. The functions of the National Grasslands are extensively described, and the author is quick to point out that it would have been a very easy thing to place grasslands at the bottom of the "What Do We Fix First?" priorities of both the Hoover and Roosevelt administrations when faced with the calamitous Great Depression. This book is the first to describe each of the National Grasslands in a manner that emphasizes their value as well as their beauty. Essential for all school and public libraries.
—Joseph L. Carlson