First published in 1977, former park historian Aubrey Haines's two-volume set on Yellowstone National Park has long been acknowledged as the authoritative history of the United State's first national park. Now updated with new photographs and revised text, The Yellowstone Story covers the park from prehistoric times through the Native Americans and early explorers to the establishment of the park and increasing use. It concludes with a discussion of the alternative policy choices that park administrators and the public will confront in the near future. Comprehensive in its scope and delightfully entertaining in its detail, both this and the companion volume are vital reading for all visitors and historians interested in Yellowstone National Park.
Aubrey L. Haines, now retired, is the former park historian at Yellowstone National Park and author of Yellowstone Place Names.