It's now a given that Americansand people the world overwould seek to preserve their sacred, special places. One hundred fifty years ago, however, it was definitely not a foregone conclusion that the awe-inspiring granite cliffs, astounding waterfalls, and sublime sequoias of Yosemite would be protected. This idea of preservation was the national park idea; an idea that started from a seed, a seed that was planted in Yosemite. It was through the efforts of people like James Mason Hutchings, Galen Clark, Frederick Law Olmsted, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt among others that the world learned of Yosemite, flocked to it, nearly destroyed it, and ultimately saved it. These fascinating characters and their remarkable stories are skillfully woven together in this beautiful volume, created expressly to capture the wonder of Yosemite and to inspire future generations to do their part for wild places.
"Who elsemaybe Thoreau or Muirloves this land and its possibilities the way Dayton Duncan does? Most of us have had our moments in Nature; Dayton Duncan has transformed those transformations into a callingawakening everyone to the rich inheritance that is our National Parks. And he does so in this inspiring book with loving, affecting, stirring narrative and John Muir’s old gift of evangelism." Ken Burns, Filmmaker, Walpole, NH
NATIONAL PARKS TRAVELER, December 22, 2013
"Stunning illustrations, many in full color, complement Duncan’s engaging text. It is arguably the most beautiful bookand the best writtenpublished on Yosemite by any historian. To be sure, no one should mistake it for a coffee table book. No less than the text, every illustration has been carefully researched. All add to the story. The historical illustrations especially hit the mark." Alfred Runte
BOOKLIST, November 2013
"Illustrated with beautiful color photographs in a coffee-table format, Duncan’s work is a fitting and timely tribute both to Yosemite’s enduring natural beauty and the wisdom of America’s national park program."