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Review: Hey Ranger! True Tales of Humor & Misadventure from America’s National Parks

Hey Ranger! True Tales of Humor & Misadventure from America's National Parks
Hey Ranger! True Tales of Humor & Misadventure from America’s National Parks by Jim Burnett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just wrapped up Jim Burnett’s Hey Ranger!, and overall I’m mixed on it. I think my biggest mistake is having read this book immediately following Ranger Confidential. Ranger Confidential was a much more serious look behind the scenes of the NPS and its rangers. Hey Ranger! was a lot more lighthearted and comical. I feel this is what is forcing me to rank it lower than Ranger Confidential. I was expecting a more serious read and was let down.

Another disappointment to Hey Ranger! was the comical tone carried through out the book. At one point I began to feel like each and every chapter was going to end in an exclamation point. Perhaps this book is more well suited to a younger audience than I.

If you’re looking for a book to read about the NPS and the day-to-day of the Ranger that work there I would pass over Hey Ranger! unless you only want to see sugar coated sunny side. If you want, what I feel is, a more realistic representation of the life’s of NPS Rangers read Ranger Confidential instead.

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