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The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks.

For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes.

Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels - Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.

©2010 Andrea Lankford (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting insights from a negative perspective

I found this book interesting and entertaining and had many insights into the work of a ranger in the national parks of the United states. I noticed that I didn't have much of a clue of what exactly a ranger does. I learned that Rangers aren't just protectors of the wildlife but also policemen and women, paramedics, SAR professionals and of course guardians of nature and wildlife as well.

What I didn't like about the book though, was the often negative tone of the author. She made it sound like almost everything was bad or at least unfair in a Ranger's life. Bad pay, insurance, job opportunites, always treated badly by guests, tourists and superiors. It would have been an amazing book if the author had focussed a bit more on why she still liked the job (which she does at times) and a bit less on all the things she was dissatisfied with.

Still I recommend reading this book!