NPT Reviews of Books and other Material

The Galápagos: A Natural History For Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands off the Ecuadoran coast kindled the spark of evolution in his mind. Ever since that time these islands, and their unique flora and fauna, have captivated visitors. This curiosity, sparked by the plants and animals, even played a passing movie role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a 2003 film starring Russell Crowe as captain of a British warship during the Napoleonic wars.
The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites Archaeological sites hold plenty of potential for visitors interested in history and science, but in many cases there's a bonus: the physical settings, structures and even the artifacts themselves can make great subjects for some truly beautiful photographs. In "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites," author Gregory McNamee and photographer Larry Lindahl join forces to produce a readable, informative and visually appealing guide to fifty such sites in the American Southwest.
Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal It was a warm, sunny October afternoon when my meandering path along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shenandoah National Park took me directly through an old apple orchard. The trees’ limbs were heavy with ripe fruit.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for the summer travel season, David and Kay Scott have come forth with an eighth edition to their guide to lodging in the National Park System. And it contains some notable additions.
Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest They are one of the iconic trees found in parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states. You can’t miss their massive stature and warm, red trunks when you’re out on a hike in the national parks.
Facing Extinction: The world Is there a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker anywhere? There hasn't been a well-documented sighting since 1987, yet it still hasn't officially been declared extinct, giving hope to countless birders that they might yet spot this large, striking bird.
National Birds of the World For most, if not all, of us, it's easy to identify the national bird of the United States. But do you know what the national bird of Denmark is, or of Honduras? Ron Toft makes it easy to research such questions in his National Birds of the World.
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon In 1983 the Glen Canyon Dam was poised to fail, but high waters through the Grand Canyon led three veteran boatmen to attempt a speed-run down the Colorado River under a full moon.
By now, it's getting a bit late to be hiking the entire John Muir Trail. In fact, you should be nearing the end of your trek. But if you've wondered about taking on that long-distance walk, there's a good book you should read.
Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities) An artist's eye view from above showcases the rugged terrain of west Texas.