American West

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.

Meaningful Places

Landscape Photographers in the Nineteenth-Century American West
By Rachel McLean Sailor

The early history of photography in America coincided with the Euro-American settlement of the West. This thoughtful book argues that the rich history of western photography cannot be understood by focusing solely on the handful of well-known photographers whose work has come to define the era.

Wings for My Flight

The Peregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock
Updated Edition
By Marcy Cottrell Houle

First published in 1991 and winner of several national awards, this book chronicles Marcy Cottrell Houle's work at Chimney Rock along with the recovery of the once endangered peregrine falcon.

No Settlement, No Conquest

A History of the Coronado Entrada
By Richard Flint

Flint takes a new look at the Coronado entrada of 1539-42 that marked the earliest large-scale contact between Europeans and Native Americans in what is now the American Southwest.

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