Windshield Wilderness: Cars, Roads, and Nature in Washington's National Parks

Windshield Wilderness: Cars, Roads, and Nature in Washington's National Parks

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295990217
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Louter is a historian with the National Park Service in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

MapsForeword by William CrononAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Nature as We See It1. Glaciers and Gasoline: Mount Rainier as a Windshield Wilderness2. The Highway in Nature: Mount Rainier and the National Park Service3. Wilderness with a View: Olympic and the New Roadless Park4. A Road Runs Through It: A Wilderness Park for the North Cascades5. Wilderness Threshold: North Cascades and a New Concept of National ParksEpilogueNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

What People are Saying About This

John Reynolds

David Louter is the beginning of a new generation of national park historians. His lively style draws me from page to page.

Richard White

In this compelling book David Louter takes a seeming oxymoron-a windshield wilderness, a wild area seen from a car on an expensive and carefully engineered road-and uses it as an avenue for understanding the evolution of national parks.

William Cronon

What Windshield Wilderness has to say about the changing role of automobiles in the twentieth-century American experience of wild nature will be of interest to anyone who cares not just about the three parks whose histories it explores-Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades-but parks and wild places all across the nation.

Peter Blodgett

Windshield Wilderness tackles an issue of great significance, both in terms of historical inquiry and contemporary public policy. If adopted by managers of reserves, its ideas and proposals could influence the direction of current park policy.

From the Publisher

"What Windshield Wilderness has to say about the changing role of automobiles in the twentieth-century American experience of wild nature will be of interest to anyone who cares not just about the three parks whose histories it explores-Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades-but parks and wild places all across the nation."—William Cronon, from the Foreword

"In this compelling book David Louter takes a seeming oxymoron-a windshield wilderness, a wild area seen from a car on an expensive and carefully engineered road-and uses it as an avenue for understanding the evolution of national parks."—Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University

"David Louter's Windshield Wilderness considerably advances our understanding of the relationship between the coming of modernity in the shape of the automobile and the idea of wilderness. Gracefully crafted and exquisitely argued, it is a marvelous addition to the literature of Western, environmental, and national park history."—Hal Rothman, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

"Windshield Wilderness tackles an issue of great significance, both in terms of historical inquiry and contemporary public policy. If adopted by managers of reserves, its ideas and proposals could influence the direction of current park policy."—Peter Blodgett, Curator of Western Historical Manuscripts, Huntington Library

"David Louter is the beginning of a new generation of national park historians. His lively style draws me from page to page."—John Reynolds, former Deputy Director, National Park Service

Hal Rothman

David Louter's Windshield Wilderness considerably advances our understanding of the relationship between the coming of modernity in the shape of the automobile and the idea of wilderness. Gracefully crafted and exquisitely argued, it is a marvelous addition to the literature of Western, environmental, and national park history.

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