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A stunning photography book featuring all 59 U.S. National Parks, published to coincide with the National Parks Service’s centennial

The National Parks of the United States is a stunning tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. From the peaks of Colorado to the glaciers of Alaska, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the everglades of Florida, this handsome volume features all 59 National Parks, even the de-listed, forgotten three located in Michigan, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

The book also provides useful details for each park including nearest city, coordinates, and size. Adding further inspirational content are personal reflections on the area quoted from a variety of perspectives, including park rangers, explorers and famous personalities such as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth and Harry S. Truman.

With a map overview of all the parks and sections dedicated to the wildlife and other protected areas, this book is a complete, breathtaking compilation of the splendor the United States park system has to offer.

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“Complemented by an artistic layout, the outstanding photographs capture expansive, often astonishing vistas with stunning color and light. ... quotations from past and present park visitors―some of them famous, such as Theodore Roosevelt ... evoke the wide-eyed wonder and reverence that travelers experience in these wilderness settings.” ― Publisher''s Weekly

“A stunning new book and tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world.” ― Missoula Valley Lifestyle Magazine

"This is the ultimate treasure for the armchair traveler who would like to see all of the breath-taking scenery that this great nation has to offer without leaving the comfort of home.... Thomas’ stunning pictures are a feast for the eyes, and the accompanying details about each park are an asset to anyone planning a sight-seeing excursion into the heart of our country. If you’re thinking about taking a road trip but can’t make up your mind where to go, let this book be your compass." -- Laura Cote ― The Missoulian

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Andrew Thomas is the winner of the 2011 Burrard-Lucas International Photography Contest. He has exhibited his work in Australia, where he lives, and gives regular photographic presentations and group workshops.

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Louise Dupont
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not enough to do justice to the National Parks nor to offer good value
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2019
Back when there were 59 National Parks (2 have been added since then), this book represented a commendable effort to illustrate all of them. However, it would not be my first choice for a book on this subject, since other books offer better contents and value. It... See more
Back when there were 59 National Parks (2 have been added since then), this book represented a commendable effort to illustrate all of them. However, it would not be my first choice for a book on this subject, since other books offer better contents and value.

It is remarkable that Andrew Thomas, living in Australia, was able to visit all the National Parks on vacations, considering that Ian Shive, the self-proclaimed "leading chronicler of America''s National Parks" was missing so many of the National Parks in his three books, including in his latest "The National Parks: An American Legacy".

Thanks to the equal treatment given to all the National Parks, many readers are sure to discover National Parks they did not know. Considering his constraints, Thomas did a good job photographing the National Parks. He makes a noticeable effort to include original shots, however their choice often do not depict a given national park at its best, maybe the drawback of nature photography expeditions from abroad. Unfortunately, while the photography is quite good, the writing is uninspiring.

The National Parks have so much beauty and diversity that trying to give a representative account of all of them in such a relatively short book is a merciless task. For most of the National Parks, Thomas (or his Canadian publisher?) has allowed himself only a single double-page spread. How do you portray Yosemite with only two pages?

In order to fit several views into a spread, the layout includes a mosaic of smaller shots of unusual dimensions (vertical panoramic, horizontal panoramic, square). That layout is repeated for each park, with the monotony of the format only broken by a few rare panoramic images that cover a double-page spread. The problem is that for this layout to work well and not feel disjointed, the images would have to harmonize with each other, which is exceedingly difficult if at the same time one wants varied images to depict a park.

There are already quite a few photography books about the National Parks. If the relatively small page count would have resulted in a significantly more affordable book, there would have been a niche for this book. However, at a list price of $45 for 168 pages, this book is not a good value at all. For instance, "The National Parks: An Illustrated History" lists for $50 with 384 pages. "Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America''s National Parks" lists for $65 with 480 pages. You do the math. Besides their higher quality, The larger page count of those books allow for much richer contents and spacious presentation that does better justice to its subject and therefore would be preferable choices if you are going to buy only one book about the National Parks.
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Harrystc
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Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020
MY GRAND DAUGHTER HAS TRAVELED SOME AND WANTS TO SEE MORE OF THE WORLD. THIS BOOK WAS A PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT TO HER AND SHE REPORTS SHE LOVES IT. WHAT MORE CAN A GRAND FATHER DO THAN ENTICE A YOUG PERSON TO EXPLORE AND TRAVEL?
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V. Holmes
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Beautiful State Parks
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
Fabulous book - descriptions, photos, etc. Our Country is beautiful & the state parks make it difficult to choose which one to visit! I very complete book. Shipped promptly/safely. I need to check to see what other books the author may have written. Highly recommend!
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Hanbear
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A Milestone in photo essays on America''a National Parks
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2016
I have just received a wonderful photographic essay. “National Parks of The United States” by Andrew Thomas. The author’s love of the Parks is clearly shown by the way he has lovingly recorded the natural beauty to be found in them. The written notes... See more
I have just received a wonderful photographic essay. “National Parks of The United States” by Andrew Thomas.

The author’s love of the Parks is clearly shown by the way he has lovingly recorded the natural beauty to be found in them.

The written notes on each page gives useful information on location, when the Park was created and coupled with the quotations, kept making me long for opportunities or ways to visit them

The photography is outstanding. Each Park’s unique jumps off the page to the viewer.

This is must for anyone who loves Parks.
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Deedra
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Perfect Gift
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
This was bought as a gift for a friend who is a professional photographer. She was so happy with it she cried. Beautiful book.
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Carole A. Shehade
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i liked it but it showed so many i had not ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2018
i liked it but it showed so many i had not even heard of and didn''t show many that i missed seeing
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BaileyV
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Beautiful book!
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2019
Beautiful book! Love the map, pages of photos, interesting facts, and special sections on wildlife and other notable parks.
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Fantastic
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
One of the best books I have ever bought. Just so professional.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2016
A beautiful book with some stunning photography
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Martina
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Photographic delight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2017
Bought as a gift it was a great surprise for national parks lover. Thumbs up !!!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2016
Arrived with a rip in the front cover. Not impressed. Too late to return as a Xmas present
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