"[The book] is the outgrowth of a bitter awareness of all that has been lost, all that is being lost, all that is going to be lost in that glory of our American democracy, our system of national parks. Designed to set aside, for all the people, wild areas of special beauty, this system orignated with a two-fold purpose: to serve the public and to preserve the areas. These two goals are not in head-on collision. For 'to serve the public' has come to mean 'to serve the public in automobiles'."Abbey, Edward is the author of 'Desert Solitaire A Season in the Wilderness', published 1990 under ISBN 9780671695880 and ISBN 0671695886.