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The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment Since the Manhattan Project

V. B. Price
Photographs by Nell Farrell

A Panelist Pick for Southwest Books of the Year, Best Reading of 2012

Although most people prefer not to think about them, hazardous wastes, munitions testing, radioactive emissions, and a variety of other issues affect the quality of land, water, and air in the Land of Enchantment, as they do all over the world.

In this book, veteran New Mexico journalist V. B. Price assembles a vast amount of information on more than fifty years of deterioration of the state's environment, most of it hitherto available only in scattered newspaper articles and government reports. Viewing New Mexico as a microcosm of global ecological degradation, Price's is the first book to give the general public a realistic perspective on the problems surrounding New Mexico's environmental health and resources.


V. B. Price is an award-winning Albuquerque journalist, poet, novelist, and teacher. Among his earlier books is Albuquerque: City at the End of the World, also available from UNM Press.

Nell Farrell is a documentary photographer and writer specializing in Latin American and the American Southwest.


" The Orphaned Land is a superb synthesis of the systemic environmental abuse of New Mexico's ecosystems since the Manhattan Project. Price, a journalist, writer, and educator, provides clear thinking about the realities that are reinventing the ecological -social systems of New Mexico and the American West in the 21st century while celebrating the magnificent beauty of the region's landscapes....Highly recommended."



"This is a very important book about our collective future and should be read widely, not just in New Mexico."


Wildlife Activist

"In this sweeping look at New Mexico's environment, veteran journalist and editor V. B. Price plies the tools of his trade: in-depth research, diverse points of view, and compelling storytelling."


New Mexico Magazine

6 x 9 in. 384 pages 65 halftones