Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Provocative and informative."
The Charlotte Observer
"[A] lucid analysis. . . . [Whisnant's] work provides vital lessons on historic and environmental preservation."
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"An impressive documentation of the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the resultant transfer of considerable acreage from one type of human exploitation (farming, lumber, etc.) to another type (scenic-tourism)."
"Elegantly reveals the Parkway's history. . . . Decidedly revisionist . . . presents a more complex history of the road. . . . Whisnant's engagingly written and carefully researched account brings to light a more accurate picture of how the Blue Ridge Parkway came to be while taking nothing away from the . . . site."