This is a distinguished work - the writing crisp, and the photos captivating: you will yearn to visit every wild place that it covers. Roly Smith s lively text makes damn good reading - sprinkled with just the right of amount of history, geology and personal anecdote. The dazzling images, so dramatically captured by the brilliant David Muench, seem to suspend time as you ponder them, lingering long after you've turned the page. This remarkable book artfully nourishes our instinctive love for wild and lovely places; it inspires us to protect them; and, best of all, it encourages us to get on our boots and engage them. --Lee Stetson, John Muir Interpreter, Yosemite Centennial Ambassador 2016
Roly Smith outlines the story of the national parks and then describes each park succinctly and clearly, with his love of these wild places shining through and a few of his own adventures thrown in - the last giving the book a nice personal touch. Along with his words. the glorious photographs of David Muench really show the beauty and majesty of these landscapes. I've been to nine of the places in the book. Now there are twelve more I want to visit! The book has been well-designed and produced by Rucksack Readers and looks wonderful. I read it straight through but will undoubtedly dip into it again and again. It s not long, just 96 pages, but in those pages there s an astonishing amount to excite and inspire every lover of wild nature. --Chris Townsend on page 12 of Outdoor Focus (Winter 2015/16)
This is a super book which has inspired me to add a few of the American national parks to my bucket list. For me the photos are simply stunning, but it does more than provide a feast of the eyes. The narrative is relatively brief and I though really encourages you to want to make the trip yourself ... The book itself is more rucksack-sized than coffee table boast book - all the better for that, I think. I loved it. --Don Panik, a Vine Voice on Amazon.co.uk
About the Author
David Muench is America's leading landscape photographer who has spent some 50 years photographing the National Parks and protected areas of the US. His work has appeared in over 50 books and many magazines, posters and private collections. Roly Smith is a freelance writer, editor and media consultant, and the author of over 80 books on walking and the countryside. He was Chairman of the British Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild (1990-2001), then President (2001-13) and now serves as its Vice-president. Among his recent books are This Land with landscape photographer Joe Cornish (2016); World Heritage Sites of Britain (2010); National Parks of Britain (2nd edition, 2011); Heritage Landscapes: a guide to Britain's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2011); and The Peak District (2nd edition, 2015).