Frome pulls no punches....he has written a serious history of the parks system in a vibrant and highly readable style. This is a writer with a mission, and one not afraid to drive home hard truths.
Frome does not make his charges lightly, nor is he just another disgruntled muckraker. This is the
Michael Frome, author of more than a dozen books and hundreds upon hundreds of articles, essays, and commentaries dealing with the National Parks, National Forests, and wildlife conservation. He does not just know where
the skeletons are buried; he knows who
buried them, and why.
Frome paints a picture of how the national parks and the National Park Service have developed over time. It's not a pretty one. . . . Frome makes his points well, and there is a great deal to be learned from this book.
Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers
The most revealing parts of this tract for reforming the National Park Service and restoring the parks to a more natural state take the reader into the organization's inner chambers, where Frome finds rampant kowtowing to politicians and a marked propensity to stifle dissent.
This thought-provoking and intriguing book will interest all who value and respect the national parks, whether they are private citizens, students, or natural resource professionals.
For anyone who cares about the future of our national parks, Frome's proposals are a call to arms, an action plan that ought to be used to ensure their survival.
A personal and deeply passionate account of the national parks that pulls no punches and provides a hard hitting indictment of the National Park Service. . . . A wonderful read.
Environmental History Review