Death Valley National Park: A History

Imperial, California - This comprehensive study of Death Valley National Park probes the environmental and human history of this astonishing desert, and tells the story of its preservation. It details the many debates over the park's size; conflicts between miners, farmers, the military, and wilderness advocates; the treatment of the Timbisha people; and the continuing impact of tourists on its cultural and natural resources.

First established as a national monument in 1933, Death Valley was eventually accepted as one of the great natural wonders of the United States and elevated to full national park status in 1994. The history of Death Valley National Park embodies the many tensions confronting American environmentalism.

Senator Dianne Feinstein says, "Death Valley is truly one of our great national treasures. Rothman and Miller offer a compelling account of the people who inhabited and shaped the history of this remarkable landscape." Douglas Brinkley, history commentator for CBS News, says "Hal K. Rothman and Char Miller are long-established heroes of U.S. environmental history. Therefore, their co-authoring Death Valley National Park is cause for celebration. Never before has this iconic landscape been examined with such judicious love and respect. Their prose sparkles and their research is impeccable. Highly recommended!"

Hal K. Rothman (1958-2007) was Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a noted authority on the environmental history of the American West with a special focus on its national parks and monuments. His other works include Blazing Heritage: A History of Fire in the National Parks.

Char Miller is director of the environmental analysis program at Pomona College and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Cities and Nature in the American West.

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