American West

Reshaping Our National Parks and Their Guardians

The Legacy of George B. Hartzog Jr.
By Kathy Mengak

This biography of the seventh director of the National Park Service brings to life one of the most colorful, powerful, and politically astute people to hold this position.

A Mad, Crazy River

Running the Grand Canyon in 1927
By Clyde L. Eddy

In 1927 Clyde Eddy recruited a handful of college students to serve as crewmen and loaded them, a hobo, a mongrel dog, and a bear cub into three boats and set out to travel the length of the Colorado River. This book is the original narrative of that foolhardy and thrilling adventure.

Captain Jack Crawford

Buckskin Poet, Scout, and Showman
By Darlis A. Miller

This biography re-creates Jack Crawford's experience as a scout, rancher, miner, reformer, husband and father, and poet and entertainer to reinterpret the American Dream and the lure of getting rich pursued by many during the Gilded Age.

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.

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