The Branding Iron

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Who has not gazed at Yosemite's ramparts of shining granite, at Yellowstone's
geysers and hot springs, at the awesome gorge of the Grand Canyon and not felt
a surge of pride over the sublimity of the American landscape. ... The motivation
and politics behind the establishment of our national parks are the subject of
Alfred Runte's interesting book. Contrary to what many assume, environmental
protection and wilderness values played little part in the founding of the early
parks.