American West

Desert Visions and the Making of Phoenix, 1860-2009

By Philip VanderMeer

Through investigating Phoenix's struggle to become a major American metropolis, VanderMeer's study also offers a unique view of what it means to be a desert city.

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By Thomas Fox Averill

"Based on the American folk ballad 'Tennessee Stud,' this novel by the author of Secrets of the Tsil Café is an artistic masterpiece galloping with classic all-American appeal."-- Library Journal, starred review

The Orphaned Land

New Mexico's Environment Since the Manhattan Project
By V. B. Price
Photographs by Nell Farrell

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.

The Case of the Indian Trader

Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post
By Paul Berkowitz

In an intriguing account of whistle-blowing, Berkowitz tells how he bypassed his chain-of-command and delivered his findings directly to the Office of the Inspector General.

The Mining Law of 1872

Past, Politics, and Prospects
By Gordon Bakken

Bakken traces the roots of the mining law and details the way its unintended consequences have shaped western legal thought from Nome to Tombstone.

Colorado Goes to the Fair

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893
By Duane A. SmithKaren VendlMark Vendl

In this heavily illustrated text, the authors trace the glory of the World's Fair and the impact it would have on Colorado, where Gilded Age excess clashed with the enthusiasm of westward expansion.

Hoist a Cold One!

Historic Bars of the Southwest
By Melody Groves
Photographs by Myke Groves

This lively travelogue, complete with driving directions, will inspire visitors to the West's old mining camps, railroad towns, and ranching centers to stop in and belly up to the bar.

Delivering Aid

Implementing Progressive Era Welfare in the American West
By Thomas Krainz

Krainz examines local welfare practices, policies, and debates during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a diverse collection of western communities.

The Lipan Apaches

People of Wind and Lightning
By Thomas A. Britten

This study of one of the least-known Apache tribes utilizes archival materials to reconstruct Lipan history through numerous threats to their society.

Old Yellowstone Days

By Paul Schullery

This new edition of the first book to collect accounts of early visits to Yellowstone includes a new Foreword by park historian Lee H. Whittlesey.

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