When George Bristol first saw the mountains surrounding East Glacier, Montana, in the early summer of 1961, he was, in his own words, awed to his depths. Thus began a love affair with nature and public parks that has endured for more than fifty years. This same love affair would lead Bristol to become a crusader for America's national parks and, later, to be largely credited for the rescue of the ailing public park system in his home state. In On Politics and Parks, Bristol tells his own story in lively prose that includes many intriguing peeks at behind-the-scenes events
Small towns and growing horizons: Early memories and influences -- Denton and Beeville, Texas -- Orange, Texas -- Weatherford, Texas -- Austin -- A freeing of the mind and spirit: College -- Moving into my mountains -- Early political years: Washington DC -- Jake -- In preparation for defeat -- A political master's degree: The Democratic National Committee and Bob Strauss -- With Strauss and on my own -- Lloyd Bentsen -- Lowell Lebermann: in praise of friendship -- America's best ideas: The National Park Foundation -- Parks in a changing Texas -- Epilogue
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