First published in 1995. This volume traces the origin and development of America's national park citizen 'watchdog' organisation. Giving an insider's perspective, and reflecting an outsiders quest for objectivity, it will be of interest to every park enthusiast and conversation historian.

The Stage is Set: Preserving the Nation's Heritage; An Administrative System; The Founding of the National Parks Association; Coming of Age in the 1920s; What is, or Should be, a National Park; Surviving in the 1930s; Protecting the Parks in Wartime; Battles in the Post-War Period; The Sigurd Olsen Years; Anthony Wayne Smith Takes Charge; The Identity Crisis 1965-75; A Crisis of Leadership; Reaffirming the Mission; NPCA: 75 And Working.