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Author King, Dean, 1962- author.

Title Guardians of the valley : John Muir and the friendship that saved Yosemite / Dean King.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2023.


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 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    333.7209 KIN    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    333.7209 KIN    Available
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Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description xxxiii, 435 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-409) and index.
Contents Coming to California -- Discovering the Range of Light -- The brag about the West -- A ramble in Hetch Hetchy -- Johnson becomes an editor -- Ice and fire -- Mr. Muir and Mr. Johnson -- Rebirth on Mount Rainier -- Making the mountains -- Shaken and stirred : a meeting at the palace -- Treasures of the Yosemite -- Proposed : Yosemite National Park -- A red-letter day -- The Sierra Club -- The preaching of pine trees -- Only Uncle Sam can do that -- The water stealers -- San Francisco's thirst -- Camping with the President -- Alaska unites Yosemite -- How the Great 1906 Earthquake changed everything -- Return to Hetch Hetchy -- Fighting thieves & robbers -- A California water war -- The big stick -- The dismemberment -- A shocking report -- The nature lovers -- Birth of a movement -- Immortal friends.
Summary "In June of 1889 in San Francisco, John Muir--iconic environmentalist, writer, and philosopher--meets face-to-face for the first time with his longtime editor Robert Underwood Johnson, an elegant and influential figure at The Century magazine. Before long, the pair, opposites in many ways, decide to venture to Yosemite Valley, the magnificent site where twenty years earlier, Muir experienced a personal and spiritual awakening that would set the course of the rest of his life. Upon their arrival the men are confronted with a shocking vision, as predatory mining, tourism, and logging industries have plundered and defaced "the grandest of all the special temples of Nature." While Muir is consumed by grief, Johnson, a champion of society's most pressing debates via the pages of the nation's most prestigious magazine, decides that he and Muir must fight back. The pact they form marks a watershed moment, leading to the creation of Yosemite National Park, and launching an environmental battle that captivates the nation and ushers in the beginning of the American environmental movement."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- History.
Muir, John, 1838-1914 -- Friends and associates.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937 -- Friends and associates.
Nature conservation -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
National parks and reserves -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Yosemite Valley (Calif.) -- History.
Sierra Club -- Biography.
Conservationists -- United States -- Biography.
Periodical editors -- United States -- Biography.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title John Muir and the friendship that saved Yosemite
ISBN 9781982144463 (hardcover)
1982144467 (hardcover)

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