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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (April 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792270304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792270300
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.2 x 25.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rick on Aug. 12 2000
Format: Paperback
For those of you who have been to Yosemite, this book will make you long to go back. For those who haven't, you'll want to experience the park for the first time. The priniciple feature of this NG Park Profile is the photography, and as usual, NG doesn't disappoint. I feel the author does a good job in the text of dealing with many of the features, and issues, of Yosemite, but the pictures are the core of this book.
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By A Customer on June 13 2000
Format: Paperback
Beautifully done - a great gift
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Stunningly beautiful. Aug. 12 2000
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For those of you who have been to Yosemite, this book will make you long to go back. For those who haven't, you'll want to experience the park for the first time. The priniciple feature of this NG Park Profile is the photography, and as usual, NG doesn't disappoint. I feel the author does a good job in the text of dealing with many of the features, and issues, of Yosemite, but the pictures are the core of this book.
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A Visual and Literary Feast Aug. 25 2012
By Brian H. Stuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I looked up this book on Amazon expecting to see dozens of reviews, since this book deserves to be well reviewed. I picked this book up for some pleasure reading on our Summer trip to Yosemite. I have been to Yosemite dozens of times, and felt I had a deep appreciation for its beauty and history. I soon realized that I knew nothing.

Kenneth Brower does a masterful job weaving multiple ways to experience Yosemite together. Although, as another reviewer pointed out, the photographs are spectacular, it is the text of the book that is the gem. Brower starts the book with his own experiences, beginning at age two, of getting lost in Yosemite Valley and wandering by himself for a few hours by himself. He then takes the reader back to the Park's origins 25 million years ago, and verbally describes the processes that carved the granite, left the boulders, and produced the Falls that make Yosemite a national treasure. I guarantee that his history will change the way you experience Yosemite.

Brower next recounts the human history in the Park, from its settling by the Yokuts, to its "discovery" in 1851 by Bunnell. I was amazed to learn that within three years of its "discovery" it was already on its way to being a National Park. Bower weaves this historical narrative with his own personal experiences in hiking the trails and canyons of Yosemite with Jim Snyder. The result is an amazing literary feast of important facts and personal insights.

Bower's book on Yosemite will impress you deeply with its history and beauty. This is a rare book -- one that impresses you visually while simultaneously impressing you with its words. It will change the way you see and experience this greatest of our National Parks.
I got lucky and like most things National Geographic July 7 2015
By Tallladytx - Published on Amazon.com
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We weren't able to purchase this book at Yosemite during our visit in April. In fact, the park staff told us that it would be rare to find it outside the park. Well, I got lucky and like most things National Geographic, it's a treasure. I'm inspired to make another visit to the park very soon. I'm sure it will ignite your imagination too!
I wanted a picture flavor of Yosemite and I am very happy. The author has roots to Yosemite in that ... July 11 2014
By Chelydra - Published on Amazon.com
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We got this for pre-vacation homework. I wanted a picture flavor of Yosemite and I am very happy. The author has roots to Yosemite in that his great grandfather had a falling out with John Muir. The author is really a very good writer, and that makes it entertaining to read. Good writers bring you places effortlessly.
Parks are certainly one of nature's most expressive creations. ... June 24 2015
By mattie bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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Parks are certainly one of nature's most expressive creations. I never tire of visiting them. The book really defines the treasures of the park extremely well. I often reread it because the book keeps my memories of the actual visit to the park fresh.


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