Wonderlandscape by John Clayton audiobook

Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon

By John Clayton
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An evocative blend of history and nature writing that tells the story of Yellowstone’s evolving significance in American culture through the stories of ten iconic figures Yellowstone is America’s premier national park. Today Yellowstone is often a byword for conservation, natural beauty, and a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. But it was not always this way. Wonderlandscape presents a new perspective on Yellowstone, the emotions that various natural wonders and attractions evoke, and how this explains the park’s relationship to America as a whole. Whether it is artists or naturalists, entrepreneurs or pop-culture icons, each character in the story of Yellowstone ends up reflecting and redefining the park for the values of its era. For example, when Ernest Thompson Seton wanted to observe bears in 1897, his adventures highlighted the way the park transformed from a set of geological oddities to a wildlife sanctuary, reflecting a nation that was concerned about disappearing populations of bison and other species. Subsequent eras added Rooseveltian masculinity, democratic patriotism, ecosystem science, and artistic inspiration as core Yellowstone hallmarks. As the National Park system enters its second century, Wonderlandscape allows us to reflect on the values and heritage that Yellowstone alone has come to represent―how it will shape America’s relationship with her land for generations to come.

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Summary

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An evocative blend of history and nature writing that tells the story of Yellowstone’s evolving significance in American culture through the stories of ten iconic figures

Yellowstone is America’s premier national park. Today Yellowstone is often a byword for conservation, natural beauty, and a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. But it was not always this way. Wonderlandscape presents a new perspective on Yellowstone, the emotions that various natural wonders and attractions evoke, and how this explains the park’s relationship to America as a whole.

Whether it is artists or naturalists, entrepreneurs or pop-culture icons, each character in the story of Yellowstone ends up reflecting and redefining the park for the values of its era. For example, when Ernest Thompson Seton wanted to observe bears in 1897, his adventures highlighted the way the park transformed from a set of geological oddities to a wildlife sanctuary, reflecting a nation that was concerned about disappearing populations of bison and other species. Subsequent eras added Rooseveltian masculinity, democratic patriotism, ecosystem science, and artistic inspiration as core Yellowstone hallmarks.

As the National Park system enters its second century, Wonderlandscape allows us to reflect on the values and heritage that Yellowstone alone has come to represent―how it will shape America’s relationship with her land for generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Energetic and insightful.” Washington Post
“A book that will appeal to national park aficionados and fans of Yellowstone National Park, and by breaking down the pivotal moments in bite-size chunks, he’s also written a terrific page-turning experience.” Associated Press
“A sensitive portrait of the iconic national park in terms of the American people’s place in it…[A] fine survey.” Kirkus Reviews
“Readers get a sense of the park’s changing meaning over time and will see a fascinating interplay between nature and culture, each shaping the other.” Library Journal
“Clayton succeeds in presenting Yellowstone as a core American institution that shares an intimate relationship with Americans as a cultural concept and that acts as a mirror through which Americans have redefined themselves across generations.” Publishers Weekly
“Clayton enthusiastically tells the foundational stories of the magnificent park, which continues to capture the imagination of millions, and explains Yellowstone’s impact on how we manage our natural resources.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: John Clayton

Author Bio: John Clayton

John Clayton is an independent journalist, essayist, and historian based in Montana. He is the author of Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon. He is also the author of Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier, a collection of essays on Montana history, and The Cowboy Girl, is a biography of Caroline Lockhart, a Montana/Wyoming novelist, journalist, and homesteader.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English