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ISBN: 978-087417-925-5
Binding: [Paperback]
Pages: 216
Publication date: September 2013
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Death Valley National Park
A History
This comprehensive study of Death Valley National Park probes the environmental and human history of this astonishing desert, and tells the story of its preservation. It details the conflicts between miners, farmers, the military, and wilderness advocates; the treatment of its first inhabitants, the Timbisha; debates over the park’s size and scope; and the continuing impact of tourists on its cultural and natural resources. First established as a national monument in 1933, Death Valley was eventually accepted as one of the great natural wonders of the United States and elevated to full national park status in 1994. The history of this park embodies in many ways the tensions confronting American environmentalism.
“Death Valley is truly one of our great national treasures. Rothman and Miller offer a compelling account of the people who inhabited and shaped the history of this remarkable landscape.” Senator Dianne Feinstein

"Hal K. Rothman and Char Miller are long-established heroes of U.S. environmental history. Therefore, their co-authoring Death Valley National Park is cause for celebration. Never before has this iconic landscape been examined with such judicious love and respect. Their prose sparkles and their research is impeccable. Highly recommended!" Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University, history commentator for CBS News, and author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

"A compact yet well-researched history by noted UNLV history professor Rothman and Pomona College environmental professor Miller. . . . Death Valley needs all the friends it can get, and Rothman and Miller are good ones. It’s enough to make me want to gas up the Subaru and make a trip to Panamint Springs. I’ll add their book to my shovel and spare tire because it’s also a useful tool. Death Valley National Park is destined to become dog-eared and reread, the fine dust of the mystical desert place itself sprinkling its pages." John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal