NPT Reviews of Books and other Material

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 7th Edition (National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States) National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States 7th edition describes the 58 National Parks of the United States. It has all the practical details to start planning. But the beautiful book also serves as an outdoor person's wish book. What park would you like to visit this year?
Reshaping Our National Parks and Their Guardians: The Legacy of George B. Hartzog Jr. Rising from a South Carolina cotton patch to become the seventh director of the National Park Service, George Hartzog Jr. is considered by many to be one of the finest directors of the agency.
The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley A new book questions whether the National Park Service has lost its way in protecting and preserving the national park ideal.
Grand Canyon There aren't many places in national parks where you can venture well into the backcountry by foot, raft or saddle and then enjoy a good meal you didn't cook yourself and sleep in a bed you didn't tote. One of them is the subject of a new book, Images of America - Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch, and it's worth a read.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Weaving together narratives from more than a century ago, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the backstory of Moby Dick, a story that spins out from a real case of a sperm whale attacking an early 19th century whaleship.
National Parks: A Kid This is a good idea for a book, but its many weaknesses undercut its promise.
The Ultimate Hiker You would think someone who has circumnavigated Alaska by foot, skis, and raft would know a little something about backpacking gear, and Andrew Skurka certainly does.
Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion In Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion, Larry Perez takes us into the green leafy realm of Everglades National Park not in pursuit of the python, but rather in its wake. And it is a wide wake at that.
For lovers of Glacier National Park specifically, and for those intrigued by national park history in general, there's a great new book out that looks at the past and present of Glacier through postcards and photographs.
If you can't find yourself out on a trail, then perhaps the next best thing is reading about trails, no? Which is a good reason to invest in The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, a two-volume collection of narratives that share in common the Pacific Crest Trail.