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1 ANDERSEN, JIM. Lost In Austin: A Nevada Memoir.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1974 Jim Andersen and his wife, tired of the congestion and high taxes in California, decided to start a new life in rural Nevada. They settled on Austin, a town of about 250 people perched on a mountainside along the legendary Highway 50, "the loneliest road in America." In the middle of the nineteenth century, Austin was a free-wheeling boomtown at the center of a silver bonanza. By the time the Andersens arrived, it had shrunk to a quiet, isolated community of self-sufficient souls who ran their lives, economy, and local government their own way, with ingenuity, wit, and a certain disregard for convention. Andersen's account of his life in Austin is a charming, sometimes hilarious account of city folks adapting to life in a small town. He addresses such matters as making a living from a variety of odd jobs, some of them odder than others; serving as a deputy sheriff, deputy coroner, and elected justice of the peace, and administering Austin's unique version of justice; raising a family; finding ways to have fun; and exploring the austerely beautiful backcountry of central Nevada. He also introduces some of Austin's residents and their stories, and describes the way the community comes together for entertainment or to respond to crises. Lost in Austin is fascinating reading for anyone who cherishes nostalgic memories of living in a small town, or who contemplates moving to one. It offers an engaging portrait of a Nevada that exists far from the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas and Reno, "a happy Bermuda Triangle" where rugged individualism and community spirit flourish amidst sagebrush and vast open spaces. Jim Andersen has followed a range of occupations in Austin and elsewhere. For several years he wrote newspaper columns about Austin for the Battle Mountain Bugle and the Reese River Reveille. He also served as tribal judge for the Yomba Shoshone Tribe. In 2007 the Nevada Supreme Court appointed him a senior justice of the peace of the Nevada Court System. "I found Jim Andersen's Lost in Austin absolutely delightful. The book gives a whimsical account of life in rural Nevada as lived by a California transplant who flees the urban scene in the mid-1970s. Andersen's anecdotes are charming, his details compelling and warm. Together, the self-deprecating tone and the obvious love for Austin and the author's life there combine to portray a modern-day pioneer's search to find a home in the West." - Ann Ronald, author of Earthtones: A Nevada Album 
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2 BALBONI, ALAN. Beyond The Mafia: Italian Americans And The Development Of Las Vegas.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2006. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Beyond the Mafia is a significant contribution to the history of Las Vegas and of ethnic minorities in America. Author Alan Balboni traces the history of Italians in Las Vegas from the founding of the city in 1905, recording their activities in the fledgling settlement. As Las Vegas grew, Italian Americans participated in every aspect of the city's society and economy, including construction, retail establishments, hotels, and—after the statewide legalization of gambling in 1931—the casino industry. Basing his research on well over a hundred interviews, as well as the records of Italian American organizations, public agencies, and other sources, Balboni has produced a sparkling and thoroughly documented account of the history of one of Las Vegas's most progressive and productive ethnic minorities. Alan Balboni is professor of history and political science at the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. "An important recognition of the contributions of minorities in Southern Nevada." —John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal "Alan Balboni has written an ethnic success story, a story of obscene greed, naked capitalism, and fervently pursued opportunities." —Michael La Sorte, Italian Americana "Nevada and America's need to understand ethnic history takes a step forward with this book." —Albin J. Cofone, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 
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3 BORCHARD, KURT. Homeless In Las Vegas: Stories From The Street.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The homeless men and women represented in this book speak candidly about their plight, its origins, and the many obstacles to escaping it. They discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that Las Vegas's focus on tourism, indulgence, and diversion offers its homeless residents. This compelling and emotionally charged ethnography counters many of the stereotypes of homeless men and women, revealing the remarkable diversity of their circumstances. It also offers their perspectives on social services and civic attitudes toward homelessness. Kurt Borchard is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Geography, and Earth Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He once worked as the director of a program for homeless men in Fairbanks, Alaska. "Few ethnographers can carry off the honesty and flexibility of Borchard's narrative. This is far and away one of the best written journeys through homelessness and all of its machinations—personal, cultural, and institutional." -Corey Dolgon, author of The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America's Paradise "In this book, Kurt Borchard does what many authors and professors seem reluctant to do: get out of the office, hit the streets, and talk to people. The result is an intimate portrait (rather than a cardboard cutout) of homelessness in Las Vegas, which provides a better understanding of the issue and the city, both of which are extremely complicated." - Matt O'Brien, author of Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas 
Price: 23.70 USD
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4 BORCHARD, KURT. The Word On The Street: Homeless Men In Las Vegas.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Just beyond Las Vegas's neon and fantasy live thousands of homeless people, most of them men. To the millions of visitors who come to Las Vegas each year to enjoy its gambling and entertainment, the city's homeless people are largely invisible, segregated from tourist areas because it's "good business." Now, through candid discussions with homeless men, analysis of news reports, and years of fieldwork, Kurt Borchard reveals the lives and desperation of men without shelter in Las Vegas. Borchard's account offers a graphic, disturbing, and profoundly moving picture of life on Las Vegas's streets, depicting the strategies that homeless men employ in order to survive, from the search for a safe place to sleep at night to the challenges of finding food, maintaining personal hygiene, and finding an acceptable place to rest during a long day on the street. That such misery and desperation exist in the midst of Las Vegas's hedonistic tourist economy and booming urban development is a cruel irony, according to the author, and it threatens the city's future as a prime tourist destination. The book will be of interest to social workers, sociologists, anthropologists, politicians, and all those concerned about changing the misery on the street. Kurt Borchard is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Geography, and Earth Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He once worked as the director of a program for homeless men in Fairbanks, Alaska. "Borchard allows his subjects to speak so that the reader can gain insight into what it is like to be homeless in Las Vegas. Given the elite perspective of much literature on homelessness, this is a remarkable thing to achieve." -American Anthropologist "...a highly readable, serious book that addresses a serious problem and serves as a useful antidote." -H-Urban "This is fieldwork at its most engrossing." -Contemporary Sociology "...a very illuminating commentary on how complex pathways to homelessness are and, what a struggle it becomes to simply survive on a daily basis let alone escape the streets." -The Social Science Journal 
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5 BORCHARD, KURT. The Word On The Street: Homeless Men In Las Vegas.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2005. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Just beyond Las Vegas's neon and fantasy live thousands of homeless people, most of them men. To the millions of visitors who come to Las Vegas each year to enjoy its gambling and entertainment, the city's homeless people are largely invisible, segregated from tourist areas because it's "good business." Now, through candid discussions with homeless men, analysis of news reports, and years of fieldwork, Kurt Borchard reveals the lives and desperation of men without shelter in Las Vegas. Borchard's account offers a graphic, disturbing, and profoundly moving picture of life on Las Vegas's streets, depicting the strategies that homeless men employ in order to survive, from the search for a safe place to sleep at night to the challenges of finding food, maintaining personal hygiene, and finding an acceptable place to rest during a long day on the street. That such misery and desperation exist in the midst of Las Vegas's hedonistic tourist economy and booming urban development is a cruel irony, according to the author, and it threatens the city's future as a prime tourist destination. The book will be of interest to social workers, sociologists, anthropologists, politicians, and all those concerned about changing the misery on the street. Kurt Borchard is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Geography, and Earth Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He once worked as the director of a program for homeless men in Fairbanks, Alaska. "Borchard allows his subjects to speak so that the reader can gain insight into what it is like to be homeless in Las Vegas. Given the elite perspective of much literature on homelessness, this is a remarkable thing to achieve." -American Anthropologist "...a highly readable, serious book that addresses a serious problem and serves as a useful antidote." -H-Urban "This is fieldwork at its most engrossing." -Contemporary Sociology "...a very illuminating commentary on how complex pathways to homelessness are and, what a struggle it becomes to simply survive on a daily basis let alone escape the streets." -The Social Science Journal 
Price: 41.52 USD
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6 BOWERS, MICHAEL W. The Sagebrush State: Nevada's History, Government, And Politics, Fourth Edition.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2013. Fourth Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Nevada's politics has been formed in large measure by its turbulent history and harsh environment. Bowers's concise volume explains the dynamics of this process, which is strikingly unique among the fifty states. This is a readable and insightful explanation of how Nevada's history has shaped its political culture and how its government works today. The Sagebrush State includes the full text of the state constitution, with extensive annotations of all amendments to the original 1864 document. The Sagebrush State serves as a text for the study of Nevada's history and constitution, which is a graduation requirement at the state's colleges and universities. The fourth edition of this work is updated through 2012 to include information on the elections of 2010 and 2012 and recent controversial sessions of the legislature. The year 2014 is the sesquicentennial of Nevada's constitution and statehood Michael W. Bowers is professor of political science and public law and former senior vice provost for academic affairs and executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of The Nevada Constitution: A Reference Guide and numerous academic articles on politics and law. "This is a volume that would be a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of anyone looking for a reliable reference work on Nevada government and politics." -- Western Historical Quarterly "This concise work explains how Nevada government actually works and how the area's history has shaped its political culture." -- Journal of the West "A 312 page compendium providing an analytical overview of the state from its inception down to the present day. A seminal work of impressively detailed and documented scholarship, The Sagebrush State: Nevada's History, Government, and Politics is very highly recommended and instructive reading for students of Nevadan history and would make an important contribution to academic library American History and Political Science reference collections." -- The Midwest Book Review, March 2014 
Price: 28.45 USD
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7 BOYER, KIM; SHAPIRO, MARY. Alzheimer's And Dementia: A Practical And Legal Guide For Nevada Caregivers.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Individuals or families receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or brain damage from a stroke face daunting questions: how to provide for care when the patient can no longer manage his or her own affairs, how to protect their rights and property, where to go for help, and how to cope with the day-to-day challenges of fading memory and diminished cognition. Here is a comprehensive guide specifically for aging Nevadans and for family members, professional caregivers, and health care workers who help them. The authors—--an elder law attorney and a specialist in geriatric care management--—offer readers useful advice from the perspective of Nevada resources and Nevada law, addressing such topics as the legal and financial steps that patients and their families can take to protect themselves and their assets, paying for long-term care, arranging for guardianship, and tending to the details that follow the death of a loved one. This edition, updated in 2011, includes information about recent changes in laws that affect seniors, new research and treatments, and a new guide to resources throughout the state that can provide assistance to people afflicted with these medical conditions. Kim Boyer, founder of the Boyer Law Group, is certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-approved National Elder Law Foundation. She practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, and veterans planning. She is coauthor of Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers. Mary Shapiro has several decades' experience as a gerontologist, counselor, and educator. In 1992 she cofounded Senior Direction, a geriatric care-management company. She is coauthor of Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers. "This book gives good down-to-earth advice on how to grow old in Nevada. It is full of empathy and compassion. It assumes that if growing old is not for sissies, it is for the well informed." —Marjorie A. Slavin, MSW, author of What to Do When Your Son or Daughter Divorces "This book provides an easy-to-read road map for navigating the journey and challenges of caregiving. … It is a valuable planning tool that will inform caregivers about the legal and financial issues as well as provide gentle tips for dealing with loved ones with dementia. You have found the Holy Grail for overworked, stressed-out caregivers." —Jo Voege, MS, founder of Aging, a geriatric care management company in New York 
Price: 20.85 USD
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8 BOYER, KIM; SHAPIRO, MARY. The Essential Eldercare Handbook For Nevada.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The senior years can be daunting, for spouses, children, other caregivers, and seniors themselves. Too often a sudden crisis leaves a family unprepared and feeling helpless. Chronic illnesses and limited funds can present difficult and emotional choices regarding care or housing. Rules and resources vary from state to state. Everyone can use help from experienced professionals in understanding them. Boyer and Shapiro provide Nevada-specific information--medical, legal, and financial--on the wide range of problems that arise during the elder years. Case studies show how a typical family copes with troubles such as failing health or financial cares and what options they have. This guide will help any Nevada resident plan for their own senior years and take care of aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Kim Boyer, founder of the Boyer Law Group, is certified as an elder law attorney by the ABA-approved National Elder Law Foundation. She practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, and veterans planning. She is coauthor of Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers. Mary Shapiro has several decades' experience as a gerontologist, counselor, and educator. In 1992 she cofounded Senior Direction, a geriatric care-management company. She is coauthor of Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Practical and Legal Guide for Nevada Caregivers. "This is a must-have for the aging community, professional and lay-person, be they the older adult's child or the older adult. It belongs on everyone's book shelf!" -- Phyllis Militello, assistant director (retired) at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Geriatric Education Center "Boyer and Shapiro include wonderful and useful advice while encompassing all the new information necessitated by the Affordable Care Act. Family caregivers and gerontology professionals in Nevada will find this to be the essential guide to eldercare." -- Kenneth J. Doka, professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle and author of Counseling Individuals with Life Threatening Illness 
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9 BUBB, DANIEL K. Landing In Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation And The Making Of A Tourist City.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Las Vegas was a dusty, isolated desert town. By century's end, it was the country's fastest-growing city, a world-class travel destination with a lucrative tourist industry hosting millions of visitors a year. This transformation came about in large part because of a symbiotic relationship between airlines, the city, and the airport, facilitated by the economic democratization and deregulation of the airline industry, the development of faster and more comfortable aircraft, and the ambitious vision of Las Vegas city leaders and casino owners. Landing in Las Vegas is a compelling study of the role of fast, affordable transportation in overcoming the vast distances of the American West and binding western urban centers to the national and international tourism, business, and entertainment industries. Daniel K. Bubb is Director of Academic Assessment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former commercial airline pilot. He regularly contributes articles on aviation history, and is deputy director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. "Bubb convincingly shows [that air service] was extremely important to the growth and development of the gaming industry in Las Vegas as well as the city beyond 'The Strip'. . . . However, few detailed case studies exist of just how [western] cities attracted commercial airline activity. Bubb's brief but well-documented case study of Las Vegas provides an example of what studies might be made of other resort cities." Pacific Historical Review, August 2013 "This book presents a case study exemplifying a dominant theme of the twentieth-century American West—the triumph of technology over nature, space, and time. No other book so clearly demonstrates the close historic ties between the commercial passenger aviation industry and the economic growth and vitality of Las Vegas in the broader context of aviation history and the history of the American West." -Daniel Rust, author of Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience "Landing in Las Vegas is of considerable significance and well-handled. It explores the important issue of commercial aeronautical policy in both a regional and national setting, as well as the incursion of international travel to Las Vegas in the 1970s. This is an important subject that has not received the attention it deserves." -Roger Launius, senior curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum "Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Landing in Las Vegas is highly recommended especially for public and college library aviation history collections." -Midwest Book Review "Bubb tells this story well, making clear that, as always, local politics and economic concerns contributed to (or sometimes delayed airport growth."-Airways Magazine 
Price: 41.52 USD
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10 CAFFERATA, PATRICIA D. Christmas In Nevada.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The delightful and touching stories in Christmas in Nevada tell how Nevadans have celebrated the holiday, from 1858 to the present day. Some are told by well-known Nevadans, such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Robert Laxalt, and former governors Bob List and Richard Bryan, but much more of the book shows ordinary Nevadans celebrating in diverse ways the wonders of the season. The range of the state's ethnic and immigrant heritage is showcased by stories of Basque, Mexican American, Native American, and African American celebrations, along with traditions of Italian, German, Danish, and Serbian origin. Some of the more unusual accounts include the story of three miners trapped underground for forty-five days during the Christmas season, Tonopah's "Nevergreen" tree, and Reno's Santa Pub Crawl with thousands of costumed revelers. Through extensive research and personal interviews, Patricia D. Cafferata has created a heartwarming collection of stories, guaranteed to be treasured. Whether Santa arrives on a sleigh in a mining camp in Silver Peak, Esmeralda County, or a zip line down Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Christmas in Nevada brings warm memories, excitement, and good cheer. • Includes a story from each of the state's seventeen counties • Illustrated with 57 photographs, many previously unpublished Patricia D. Cafferata has served in the Nevada Assembly, as Nevada state treasurer, and as district attorney of Lincoln, Lander, and Esmeralda Counties. She is coauthor with her mother of Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again. A lifelong resident of Reno, her columns on local history have been collected in three volumes of Tales of the Biggest Little City in the World. "Every family has stories about celebrating together and the special place holidays hold in our hearts. In her latest book, Patty Cafferata reminds us of the unique Christmas and holiday traditions of the Nevada family. Her interviews with Nevadans from all corners of the Silver State have provided a glimpse into the shared history we are examining during Nevada's Sesquicentennial Year. From the lighthearted to the heartwarming, these stories remind us what it means to be a Nevadan." -- Governor Brian Sandoval 
Price: 25.60 USD
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11 CARLSON, HELEN S. Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Nevada's colorful and eventful history is amply reflected in the rich diversity of its place names. Names like Bloody Run, Dead Peak, Burning Moscow, Skeleton Hills, and Physic Spring pique the imagination of the casual traveler and inspire the curiosity of the history buff. Who created these names, and what events inspired them? Author and researcher Helen Carlson spent fourteen years in her search for the origins of Nevada's place names, relying on the maps of explorers, miners, government accounts, archival documents, county records, and newspaper files. The result of her labors is Nevada Place Names, a fascinating mixture of history spiced with folklore, legend, and obscure facts. This book is an invaluable reference tool for anyone interested in the state and its past; it also offers engrossing reading for anyone curious about the name at the side of the road and the people who lived and worked there. Helen Carlson's interest in the origin of place names began while she was earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research took her throughout Nevada, California, and the Southwest. "If you're at all interested in Nevada history, this book should be on your shelf. . . . Nevada Place Names remains an invaluable tool for anyone who has ever wondered what Pahrump means (it's Paiute for 'big spring') or where you can find 'Goblin Knobs' (they're hills in Nye County)." —Richard Moreno, ReadOn 
Price: 23.70 USD
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12 CASTOR, STEPHEN B.; FERDOCK, GREGORY C. Minerals Of Nevada.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2003. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Nevada has an extraordinary diversity of minerals, some of them unique to the state and some the focus of human exploitation for millennia. Minerals of Nevada is the first synoptic catalog of Nevada minerals, listing every mineral found in the state along with the places where they occur. The book includes the geologic history of the state, the history of mining in Nevada, descriptions of significant mineral deposits and mining districts, maps, and an album of striking color photographs of rare and important minerals. Co-published with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Stephen B. Castor is a retired research scientist from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, where he worked for more than twenty years, mostly on studies of mineral deposits. Since retirement, he has consulted on uranium, zinc, rare earth, and lithium deposits. Gregory C. Ferdock is the owner of CGF Geological Resources and a consulting mineralogist and economic geologist. "I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in minerals and mineral deposits in Nevada. The color photos provide striking images of many minerals that the average collector is unlikely ever to see except by visiting multiple museums. The exhaustive listing of minerals, their chemical formulas, and their generalized parageneses are bound to educate most users and stimulate their curiosity." —David A. John, Economic History "Minerals of Nevada is an exceptional book, an absolute requirement for the library of anyone interested in geographic mineralogy or the mineral occurrences of the great state of Nevada." —Robert B. Cook, Rocks & Minerals, July/August 2004 "Nevada's rich mineral heritage has been documented in the single, superb volume, Minerals of Nevada. It's a book made to order for anyone interested in Nevada's minerals and mining history." —Steve Voynick, Rock & Gem, May 2004 "The long-awaited Minerals of Nevada is now available and is clearly a fine, comprehensive treatment of one of our most important mineral-producing states. . . . This exceptional book . . . is an absolute requirement for the library of anyone interested in geographic mineralogy or the mineral occurrences of the Great State of Nevada." -Media Reviews 
Price: 71.25 USD
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13 CHARLET, DAVID ALAN. Atlas Of Nevada Conifers: A Phytogeographic Reference.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1996. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Atlas of Nevada Conifers is a major scientific contribution to our understanding of the ecology of Nevada. It documents in great detail the distribution of all native conifer species in the state—critical information because of the primary ecological importance of conifers for all organisms and because of the lack of documentation of these distributions in the scientific literature. Charlet maps and documents the exact location of herbarium records for 1,600 individual trees. The data found in 23 tables and 22 range maps will serve as a primary reference for botanists, land managers, and conservation biologists for years to come. The level of detail in this work will be of great value to scientists investigating evolutionary questions with modern techniques using new DNA and allozyme technologies. Each occurrence of a species is precisely located in a mountain range and in one of fifteen western herbaria where specimens are stored. David Charlet received his B.S. and M.S. in Biology and his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently is a Professor at the Community College of Southern Nevada in the Las Vegas Valley where he teaches 10 biology and environmental science classes each year. "A definitive resource for botanists, land managers, and conservation biologists for decades to come. Author David Charlet's detailed maps and exhaustive records are like treasure maps to the many unexplored motherlodes of biodiversity waiting to be explored in the Great Basin." —David Lukas, Great Basin News "This atlas documents [Dr. Charlet's] extensive field research to accurately identify the species and locations of the state's conifer stands, precisely maps the distribution of all the species, and significantly extends the known range of almost every species of pine, fir, spruce, juniper, and cedar in the state." —SciTech Book News 
Price: 33.25 USD
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14 CHILDERS, LEISL CARR. The Size Of The Risk: Histories Of Multiple Use In The Great Basin.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The Great Basin, a stark and beautiful desert filled with sagebrush seas and mountain ranges, is ground zero for public lands conflicts. Arising out of the multiple, often incompatible uses created throughout the twentieth century, these struggles reveal the tension inherent within the multiple use concept, a management philosophy that promises equitable access to the region's resources and economic gain to those who live there. Multiple use was originally conceived as a way to legitimize the historical use of public lands for grazing without precluding future uses, such as outdoor recreation, weapons development, and wildlife management. It was applied to the Great Basin to bring the region, once seen as worthless, into the national economic fold. Land managers, ranchers, mining interests, wilderness and wildlife advocates, outdoor recreationists, and even the military adopted this ideology to accommodate, promote, and sanction a multitude of activities on public lands, particularly those overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Some of these uses are locally driven and others are nationally mandated, but all have exacted a cost from the region's human and natural environment. In The Size of the Risk, Leisl Carr Childers shows how different constituencies worked to fill the presumed "empty space" of the Great Basin with a variety of land-use regimes that overlapped, conflicted, and ultimately harmed the environment and the people who depended on the region for their livelihoods. She looks at the conflicts that arose from the intersection of an ever-increasing number of activities, such as nuclear testing and wild horse preservation, and how Great Basin residents have navigated these conflicts. Carr Childers's study of multiple use in the Great Basin highlights the complex interplay between the state, society, and the environment, allowing us to better understand the ongoing reality of living in the American West. 20 black-and-white Illustrations, 7 maps, 320 pages, 6.125" x 9.25". Leisl Carr Childers is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Western Historical Quarterly, Environmental History, and Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. "Leisl Carr Childers has written a sweeping study of Nevada's 12 million-acre Great Basin and the problems and promise of grazing, mining, recreation, and water policies on western public lands. From mushroom clouds to mustangs, Nevada's Great Basin has been ground zero for multiple use land management. With The Size of the Risk, a vast sagebrush sea has found its contemporary environmental historian."—Andrew Gulliford, author of Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale and editor of Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology "Brilliant in conception and execution, TheSize of the Risk remaps the Great Basin, gives voice to its peoples, and reveals the rich complexities of this misunderstood environment. In Leisl Carr Childers's able hands, mushroom clouds and mustangs share a dynamic and contested landscape where the ideal of multiple use faced some of its toughest tests. Excellent and important."—Andrew G. Kirk, author of Counterculture Green:The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism 
Price: 33.20 USD
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15 CHISHOLM, GRAHAM; NEEL, LARRY A. Birds Of The Lahontan Valley: A Guide To Nevada's Wetland Oasis.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2001. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Deep in the expanse of the Great Basin desert, in one of the warmest and driest basins in northern Nevada, lies a wetland oasis that is home to more than 290 species of resident and migratory birds. The Lahontan Valley wetlands, including Stillwater Marsh and Carson Lake, contain the remnants of a Pleistocene lake that once covered much of western and northern Nevada. Birds of the Lahontan Valley is a major contribution to the study of natural history in the Great Basin. Authors Graham Chisholm and Larry A. Neel provide a comprehensive discussion of the geologic history of the area; the intricate relationships between climate, soil, vegetation, and local fauna; and the impact of humankind, from the ancient Paiute people to the farmers and ranchers of today. The book's greatest significance, however, lies in its detailed account of the bird species sighted in the Lahontan Valley. Enhanced by 56 line drawings by ornithological artist Mimi Hoppe Wolf, maps, color photographs of habitats and their related bird species, and directions to bird-viewing sites, this work is an essential resource for birders, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in the outdoors. A birder since childhood, Graham Chisholm now lives in Berkeley, California, with his family and is the director of conservation for Audubon California. In his role as cofounder and first director for the Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Chisholm helped build the partnerships to get the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Nevada under way. Larry A. Neel is a Staff Biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Bureau of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Neel has been involved in a diverse array of wildlife conservation planning efforts. " . . . this is a handsome and useful book, a model for regional bird studies." -Faultline "If you bird the Great Basin, or are contemplating doing so in the future, you should own Birds of the Lahontan Valley. Well-written, informative, and authoritative, it is a book you will consult time and again as you explore the area's surprising wetlands." -Western Birds "For bird-watching residents of the state, this book is a must. It is also indispensable for visitors and collectors of distributional information. It is seductive as well. If you are one of those bird watchers who has always thought of Nevada as the state you cross quickly going to or from California, it is likely to cause you to detour." -Bird Watcher's Digest 
Price: 20.85 USD
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16 DAVIES, RICHARD O. The Main Event: Boxing In Nevada From The Mining Camps To The Las Vegas Strip.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Brand new book. 
As the twentieth century dawned, bare-knuckle prizefighting was transforming into the popular sport of boxing, yet simultaneously it was banned as immoral in many locales. Nevada was the first state to legalize it, in 1897, solely to stage the Corbett-Fitzsimmons world heavyweight championship in Carson City. Promoters such as Tex Rickard brought in Jack Dempsey and other fighters to the mining towns of Goldfield and Tonopah. Prizefights sold tickets, hotel rooms, drinks, meals, and bets on the outcomes. Reno hosted the Johnson-Jeffries "Fight of the Century" in 1910. It was boxing--before gambling, prostitution, and easy divorce--that first got Nevada called "America's Disgrace" and the "Sin State." The Main Event explores how boxing's growth in Nevada relates to the state's role as a social and cultural outlier. Starting in the Rat Pack era, organized gambling's moguls built arenas outside the Vegas casinos to stage championships--more than two hundred from 1960 to the present. Tourists and players came to see and bet on historic bouts featuring Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and other legends of the ring. From the celebrated referee Mills Lane to the challenge posed by mixed martial arts in contemporary Las Vegas, the history of boxing in Nevada is integral to the growth of the sport in America. Davies utilizes primary and secondary sources to analyze how boxing in the Silver State intersects with its tourist economy and libertarian values, paying special attention to issues of race, class, and gender. Written in an engaging style that shifts easily between narrative and analysis, The Main Event will be essential reading for sports fans and historians everywhere. Richard O. Davies is Distinguished Professor of History, emeritus, at the University of Nevada, Reno. His most recent book is Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century; other works include Sports in American Life: A History and The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada. In 2013 he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. "From the first bout to the last, Davies's story of Nevada prizefighting is dramatic, entertaining, and smart. The Main Event will be enjoyed by readers of both Nevada history and the history of American sports." Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History, Purdue University, and author of Joe Louis: Hard Times Man "Richard O. Davies is a noted historian of sports in America and the state of Nevada. He is superbly qualified to write this book, which should have wide appeal." Eugene P. Moehring, chair of the department of history, University of Nevada Las Veags, author, Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-2000 
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17 DIXON, KELLY J. Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology And History In Virginia City.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Archaeologist Kelly J. Dixon recounts the excavation of four historic saloon sites in Nevada's Virginia City, one of the West's most important boomtowns, and shows how the physical traces of this handful of disparate drinking places offer a new perspective on authentic life in the mining West. At its peak, Virginia City had a cosmopolitan population of over 20,000 people. Like people everywhere, they sought to pass their leisure time in congenial company, often in one or another of the four saloons studied here. Dixon's account of the role these four establishments played in the social and economic life of Virginia City offers keen insight into the businesses and people who made up the backdrop of a mining boomtown. Boomtown Saloons also offers an equally vivid portrait of the modern historical archaeologist who combines time-honored digging, reconstruction, and analysis methods with such cutting-edge technology as DNA analysis of saliva traces on a 150-year-old pipestem and chemical analysis of the residue in discarded condiment bottles. The book is illustrated with historical photographs and maps, as well as photographs of artifacts uncovered during the excavations of the four sites. Kelly J. Dixon is a professor of anthropology at the University of Montana. She specializes in Historical Archaeology in the American West, with recent research at the site of the ill-fated Donner Party in the eastern Sierras and in mining boomtowns such as Virginia City, Nevada. Her research areas include the archaeology of frontiers, boomtowns, landscapes, and mining and logging industries in the West. In addition to her expertise with archaeological field and laboratory methods, she is also experienced in forensic recovery techniques on historical sites. She is currently working with several graduate and undergraduate students to develop a historical archaeology research program in Montana and also has several students assisting the analysis of the Donner Party archaeological investigations. ". . . fascinating as a corrective to exaggerated historical accounts."—Archaeology "This delightful study gives us a better picture of life in a Nevada boomtown than we have ever had before." —Mark Michel, American Archaeology "A cutting-edge delve into the fine nuances of what archaeology can tell us about America's past." —American History Shelf "Dixon wields the right tools to paint us an accurate picture of 19th-century saloon culture." —True West 
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18 DUFURRENA, LINDA (PHOTOGRAPHS); DUFURRENA, CAROLYN (TEXT). Fifty Miles From Home: Riding The Long Circle On A Nevada Family Ranch.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Over a period of ten years, photographer Linda Dufurrena recorded with powerful eloquence the rugged, beautiful landscape of northern Nevada and the patterns of life on the Dufurrena family ranch in the Quinn River Valley. Over one hundred of her finest photographs are collected here, accompanied by an essay from her daughter-in-law, geologist Carolyn Dufurrena, discussing the rhythms of the land and of life on the ranch. Linda and Carolyn Dufurrena follow the annual cycle of ranch work and the seasonal changes of the surrounding landscape. Life in this remote Nevada backcountry is shaped by the challenges of the austere Great Basin desert around the ranch and by the time-honored skills of generations of ranch families. The fifty-mile circle of territory of the Dufurrena family ranch ranges from the edges of the barren Black Rock Desert to aspen-filled mountain basins. Around the ranch, in every direction, are vistas of breathtaking beauty as the natural landscape evolves through the seasons. The photographs in Fifty Miles from Home vividly depict the heart of the West and its fabled ranch culture. Linda Dufurrena is a widely exhibited and published Nevada photographer specializes in depictions of rural Nevada scenery and of traditional ranch life. Carolyn Dufurrena is a writer and teacher who first arrived in Nevada as a geologist. Her articles on ranch life and regional topics have appeared in Range Magazine and her poetry and essays have been anthologized. "Dufurrena's photography has always reflected her life—the geography of where she lives and the people around her. She shows the endless skies and vistas, the stories that live in Nevada's rocks, the two-track roads that seem to lead to nowhere, the wildlife and flora of the desert, the people at work, at rest and at ease." —Susan Skorupa, Reno Gazette-Journal, December 4, 2001 ". . . expect great photography, particularly landscape and nature shots, and fine commentary that will take you right into the heart of Nevada ranching country." —Western Horseman, June 2002 "Linda's photos are always competent; the landscapes are often better than that. They portray a moody, weathered land, downy with snow on one page, gasping for water on another. And always there is the potential for soaring beauty, most particularly in the form of dramatic skyscapes." —Scott Dickensheets, Las Vegas Life, December 2001 "This well-made and heartfelt book is at once a primer in high desert ranching, a salute to the stark beauty of this empty country and the people who work it, and—alas—an elegy to a culture that is disappearing." —Cheryll Glotfelty, Journal of the West, April 2004 "Duferrena's photographs—while beautifully rendered and composed—resist sentimentality and romantic notions of ranch labor." —Brandon R. Schrand, Western American Literature, Summer 2004 "Readers of Fifty Miles will likely be seduced by Carolyn's writings and equally, or even more, by Linda's exquisite and creative photography." - Klamath Falls Herald and News 
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19 DUNAR, ANDREW J.; MCBRIDE, DENNIS. Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History Of The Great Depression.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2001. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Andrew J. Dunar and Dennis McBride skillfully interweave eyewitness accounts of the building of Hoover Dam to create a rich portrait of the building of Hoover Dam and its tremendous effect on the lives of those involved in its creation. The workers' oral histories bring to life the gritty, sometimes grisly realities of living in cardboard boxes and tents during several of the hottest Southern Nevada summers on record; the fearsome carbon monoxide deaths of tunnel builders who, it was claimed, had died of "pneumonia"; the uproarious life of nearby Las Vegas versus the tightly controlled existence of the workers in the built-overnight confines of Boulder City; and of course, the astounding accomplishment of building the Dam itself and completing the task not only early but under budget. Andrew J. Dunar is a professor of history and chair of the department of history at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Dennis McBride is a long-term researcher, archivist, and writer about Southern Nevada. He founded the research facility at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, and is currently curator of history and collections for the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. "We are reminded that the 'anonymous' workers who build massive structures are, in fact, neither nameless nor faceless." —-The Journal of American History "The modern age exalts the environment at the expense of manmade structures. But Hoover Dam endures as a monument to human ingenuity and to an earlier generation's faith in the fundamental goodness of America's technological civilization. This book is a stirring account of one of that generation's proudest achievements." -Western Historical Quarterly "In recent times, as this book so ably proves, oral history has provided a means through which to place the voices of the builders of this century onto the pages of history. . . . The vivid memories help to develop an empathy that could not have come from the most skillfully crafted prose." -—Choice ". . . the interview process at once validated and challenged several key tenets of scholarship in the past thirty years: giving voice to the voiceless, focusing on 'micro-history' to elucidate larger themes and concepts, and searching for examples of 'conquest' to debunk their heroic qualities in favor of more sobering assessments about the American West. . . . The voices of the builders of 'the father of all dams' add depth to the new narrative of life in the American West." -Michael Welsh, New Mexico Historical Review, Summer 2004 Contents 
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20 ELLIOTT, RUSSELL R.; EDWARDS, JEROME E. (FOREWARD). Nevada's Twentieth-century Mining Boom: Tonopah, Goldfield, Ely.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1988. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
With its wealth of little-known historical data, Nevada's Twentieth-Century Mining Boom chronicles the classic pattern of gold and silver rushes and emphasizes the differences between Nevada's two boom periods--the Comstock Lode of the 19th century and the latter-day boom period of the 20th century. Foreword by Jerome Edwards. Russell R. Elliott is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. Jerome Edwards is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. He specializes in the history of Nevada, US diplomatic history, and US Constitutional history. "Rarely has anyone given us a better insight into life in company towns than is offered here." —Rodman W. Paul, Pacific-Northwest Quarterly "A significant contribution to the historical literature of the American West, as well as to that of Nevada." —Richard O. Davies, Arizona and the West "What makes Mining Boom unique is not the historical accuracy of the piece, an Elliot trademark, but that he was able to personalize the material, particularly the coverage of White Pine, and keep the era of relatively current history moving. . . . Now that the copper industry that dominated White Pine for most of the century and the gold bonanzas that brought life to Tonopah and Goldfield are just chapters in Nevada's past, Elliott's work stands as a more valid historical epic than ever." —Jack Fleming, Ely Daily Times, June 1988 
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