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Through 12 carefully chosen parks, from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Tempest Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. Our national parks stand at the intersection of humanity and wildness, and there's no one better than Tempest Williams to guide us there.
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By Caleb Hansen on 07-14-16
Cultural Cross Sections
This book needs to be adopted as required reading up among the ranks with Abbey, Carson, Leopold, Powell, and too many other great American authors who advocate for the necessary preservation of our cultures last stand for wholesome connectivity. A simply fantastic read.
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By Anonymous User on 06-12-18
Ed Abbey multiplied by infinity. Williams gives a proud voice to a nature silenced by economic growth. Our national parks are relics that could slip away as forgotten treasure if aren't paying attention. Williams helps bring our focus back to what is important.....wild spaces.