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Product Details

  • 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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Billie W. Kapp, a Social Studies consultant for the Connecticut Geographic Alliance, acted as chief educational consultant for this atlas. She is a PIER Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Michael Sewell is a widely recognized nature photographer with a long-standing relationship with the Sierra Club. A book of his photographs, Bay Area Wild: A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area, was published in 1997. Kenneth Brower is a prominent environmental writer
and advocate whose books include The Starship and the Canoe.

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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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Beautifully done - a great gift
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HASH(0xa3a64c00) out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a64c54) out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09990a8) out of 5 stars 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.
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HASH(0xa0999090) out of 5 stars Enjoyed it with qualifications Nov. 21 2015
By Schipperke mom - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written, definitely a hiker's perspective of my favorite park. Since I am a (horse) packer, I wish a little credit had been given to the horses' influence on this park. These days, there is huge criticism of horses on the trails, etc but what people completely fail to realize is that these animals pack in (literally) tons of materials and supplies to maintain these trails for the benefit of all. You won't find a lot of human volunteers to carry 30 lb 8 ft long posts on their backs for 20 miles to a trail maintenance site. Yes, there may be a road apple or two on the trail but get over it and realize not all people are hikers. John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt established these parks for the enjoyment of all Americans with varied interests.
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HASH(0xa0999450) out of 5 stars 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!


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