464 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 51 illus., 7 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7126-3
Published: March 2010
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9842-0
Published: October 2006
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About the Author
Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is now Director of Research, Communications, and Programs for the Office of Faculty Governance. She has served as a consultant to the National Park Service and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. More information about the book is available online at www.superscenic.com.
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"Elegantly reveals the Parkway's history. . . . Decidedly revisionist . . . presents a more complex history of the road. . . . Whisnant's engagingly written and carefully researched account brings to light a more accurate picture of how the Blue Ridge Parkway came to be while taking nothing away from the . . . site."--Appalachian Journal
"[A] lucid analysis. . . . [Whisnant's] work provides vital lessons on historic and environmental preservation."--The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"The deliberate, scholarly work promises, in the author's words, to 'take us from a place many think they understand to one few would recognize, along a Blue Ridge Parkway almost no one knows.' Strap in and hold tight." --Mountain Xpress
"By sifting through various myths and facts, Whisnant reveals the truth behind the Parkway's seemingly undisturbed serene beauty."--Sanford Herald
"Exhaustively researched…fascinating"--Rocky Mount Telegram
"Whisnant brings the true parkway to light in a skillful demonstration of the historian's craft at the highest level of excellence--thoroughly researched, especially well documented and presented. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice