Presents a narrative history of the American National Park System, examining the events and political battles that led to the establishment of each park while profiling each for its unique attributes, in a volume that also pays tribute to key advocates.
Generally referred to as "the red book," the 2005-2007 edition of the National Park System (NPS) Index provides an alphabetical list of all 388 units of the National Park System, as well as affiliated areas, regional offices, statistical information, maps, and NPS nomenclature. Included in the Index are also designated Wilderness Areas, National Heritage Areas, National Trail Systems, and National Wild and Scenic River Systems. The National Parks: Index 2005-2007 is part of the National Park Handbook series. National Park Handbooks support management programs and promote understanding and enjoyment of the 388 parks in the National Park System. The National Park Service cares for these special places saved by the American people so that all may enjoy our heritage.
The Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, was founded in 1942 by William 'Wild Bill' Donovan under the direction of President Roosevelt, who realized the need to improve intelligence during wartime. A rigorous recruitment process enlisted agents from both the armed services and civilians to produce operational groups specializing in different foreign areas including Italy, Norway, Yugoslavia and China. At its peak in 1944, the number of men and women working in the service totaled nearly 13,500. This intriguing story of the origins and development of the American espionage forces covers all of the different departments involved, with a particular emphasis on the courageous teams operating in the field. The volume is illustrated with many photographs, including images from the film director John Ford who led the OSS Photographic Unit and parachuted into Burma in 1943.
"In one accessible, engaging, and easy-to-use volume readers will find historical context, directions, factual information, and analytical architectural analysis for more than two hundred places of interest across the United States. The traveler (armchair, behind the wheel, or on foot), the researcher (seeking a comprehensive view of some of America's greatest ideas and accomplishments), and the architect and landscape architect (seeking sources of inspiration) will find a rewarding journey inside this book."--BOOK JACKET.