American West

Middle of Nowhere

Religion, Art, and Pop Culture at Salvation Mountain
By Sara M. Patterson

In Middle of Nowhere Sara M. Patterson argues that Leonard Knight was a spiritual descendant of the early Christian desert ascetics who escaped to the desert in order to experience God more fully.

Reining in the Rio Grande

People, Land, and Water
By Fred M. PhillipsG. Emlen HallMary E. Black

This study examines human interactions with the Rio Grande from prehistoric time to the present day and explores what possibilities remain for the desert river.

Finding Abbey

The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave
By Sean Prentiss

“Prentiss reveals the power of Ed Abbey’s lasting call to action, not just as a Monkey Wrencher, but also as an ethicist who lives by Ed’s own motto, ‘Follow the truth no matter where it leads.’”—Jack Loeffler, author of Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey

Protecting Yellowstone

Science and the Politics of National Park Management
By Michael J. Yochim

In Protecting Yellowstone, Michael Yochim considers how park managers may best work within the contemporary policy-making context to preserve national parks.

El Paso's Muckraker

The Life of Owen Payne White
By Garna L. Christian

This long-overdue biography restores this overlooked writer to the forefront of western history and journalism.

Prep School Cowboys

Ranch Schools in the American West
By Melissa Bingmann

“An engaging, well-researched account of the private schools that proliferated in the interwar years in the American Southwest. Bingmann does an excellent job of situating these schools in the context of the history of American education."—Lynn Dumenil, author of The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s

Goin' Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends

By Max EvansRobert Nott

In this enthralling memoir we follow Evans and Peckinpah through conversations in bars, family gatherings, binges on drugs and alcohol, struggles with film producers and executives, and Peckinpah’s abusive behavior—sometimes directed at Evans himself.

Enduring Acequias

Wisdom of the Land, Knowledge of the Water
By Juan Estevan Arellano

Touching on the Middle East, Europe, Mexico, and South America before circling back to New Mexico, Arellano makes a case for preserving the acequia irrigation system and calls for a future that respects the ecological limitations of the land.

Railroad Empire across the Heartland

Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey
By James E. Sherow
Photographs by John R. Charlton

This book presents recent photographs by John R. Charlton of the scenes Alexander Gardner recorded, paired with the Gardner originals and accompanied by James E. Sherow’s discussion.

An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier

Journals and Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, 1864-1890
Edited by Robert M. Utley

This selection of Lauderdale’s writings, edited and annotated by a premier historian of the American West, offers an insightful account of army life that will teach readers much about the settlement and growth of the West in a time of rapid change.

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