Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma

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Library of American Landscape History
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9.6 X 10.0 X 1.3 inches | 3.15 pounds

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About the Author

Ethan Carr, FASLA, is professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an international authority on America's public landscapes. He is author of Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture and the National Park Service, Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma, and The Greatest Beach: A History of Cape Cod National Seashore. The series editor of Designing the American Park (LALH), he is lead editor of Public Nature: Scenery, History, and Park Design and editor of volume 8 of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted.


This is an intelligent and level-headed look at the great promise and the great problems associated with the Park Service's Mission 66 program. Embedded in it--and in this fascinating book as well--is the age-old dilemma that has plagued our National Parks since their inception, namely, how to make them accessible to everyone while at the same time saving them from those who too often end up 'loving them to death.'--Ken Burns, filmmaker, filmmaker
"This book deserves high praise and wide circulation because of its intellectual scope and analytical, as well as documentary, content. Ethan Carr's framing of the subject within the wilderness vs. recreation dialectic makes the book valuable beyond the immediate subject. Mission 66 addresses an issue that is central to many of us today and one that will continue to be vigorously debated well into the future."--Richard Longstreth, George Washington University
"Ethan Carr's Mission 66 history...is among the finest studies of the National Park Service I've ever seen....His concluding appraisal of Mission 66 is well reasoned and balanced."--Barry Mackintosh, former National Park Service agency historian
"Carr's book sheds important light on how Mission 66 came about, how it was executed, how it fit (and sometimes didn't) with the changing times of postwar America, and most important, how some of the underlying beliefs of the NPS leadership reflected an idea of national parks that can be traced back to its first expression with Frederick Law Olmsted a hundred years earlier."--Dayton Duncan, author of Out West: A Journey through Lewis & Clark's America
"Summing Up: Essential. General readers through professionals."-- "Choice"