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The National Parks - America's Best Idea

Dayton Duncan

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The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters-both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams-who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ken Burns

Length:

6h 28m


Chapters

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04:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:37


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:28


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:13


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:15


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:26


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:40


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:49


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:27


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:15


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:20


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:30


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:20


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:40


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:44


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:00


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

00:46