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Wild America: A personal celebration of the National Parks by [Muench, David, Smith, Roly]
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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).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15250 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Rucksack Readers (26 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J6EVJPU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #713,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E.Fox VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2016
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Very much a tourist centre book, the writing style is proudly informative and it's truly fantastic in it's history - lots of details about the explorers who originally found the parks with unknown facts weaved in. The photographs are stunning, there's a little map of the USA on each pointing to where it is, and the ratio of photographs to text is just right. It will absolutely make you want to go to at least 10 of them right now!

Overall I enjoyed reading it, it's a bit old fashioned in it's design (more of an information book than a pretty bookshelf one) but nonetheless, a great read that I would recommend buying.
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A beautiful looking book. Smaller than the typical coffee table tome, but still gorgeous. If you think of America then it won't be too long before New York, Disney and Las Vegas come to mind.

Sometimes you might even think about cowboys and prairies. In this book you get to see mankind in only a couple of photos. The rest of the book is pure nature and wilderness. You are truly out in the wilds. The photography is absolutely stunning. A very inspiring book.
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Myself and two others have browsed this book and all agree it is very good and for two of us lists several places we have been lucky enough to visit.

The book is not a "how to get there" or "way to stay" and only features locations in eleven states..

The pictures are very good, but my colleague says his has better ones he has taken himself for the locations..

If you are planning a trip to the USA it will not fail to give you some ideas of where to spend some time - about six months should get you started.
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By Don Panik TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2016
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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 for the eyes. The narrative is relatively brief but informative. What it does really well is encourage you to want to make the trip yourself. I also liked how each location was plotted on a mini map of the USA. The book itself is more ruck sack sized than coffee table boast book. All the better for that I think, and one day I very much hope to have it with me when I see some of these fantastic places in the flesh. I loved it.
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Where to start? Beautiful, awe-inspiring photographs coupled with a brief but detailed history of the foundation of America’s National Parks, and then followed up with information about a fair few of the individual parks. The memories written about exploring each of the parks help to give a fresh, unique perspective to the photos, and they add to the sense of wanderlust that you feel as you’re reading through.

I was also lucky enough to attend the book launch in Edinburgh, so it was delightful to be able to actually picture rather than imagine some of the landscapes mentioned. I particularly liked the addition of quotes from famous writers to some of the photos—even Rudyard Kipling pops up, and until now I had only ever associated him with India.

This book is excellent for coffee tables; even if you can’t be bothered to read it, take the time to flick through the pictures.
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