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1 Cities Of Gold: A Journey Across The American Southwest.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: s Softcover. Brand new book. 
'This riveting true story recounts the author's journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronado's desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. "The great myth of the American West," Preston writes, "is that there was a winning of it." Douglas Preston has written several books on the Southwest. He is also the coauthor of the novels Relic, Riptide, and Thunderhead (1999). 6 x 9.25 in., 480 pages, 1 map. "The Old West's last glimmers flicker through this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga in which Preston, astride his horse Popeye, traverses the desert and mountain wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico, retracing the trailblazing 1540-1541 expedition of Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. . . . In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss." -- Publishers Weekly "A vivid, often witty, account of riding through some of the most difficult terrain in the Southwest, and of some of the people, including Indians, who still live there. . . . the entire book is sheer pleasure to read." -- San Diego Union-Tribune "A fearful, fascinating tale." -- Los Angeles Times 
Price: 23.70 USD
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2 ARRIGO, ANTHONY F. Imaging Hoover Dam: The Making Of A Cultural Icon.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The mighty Hoover Dam, starting as a dream of land developers and farmers, became the most ambitious civil engineering project of the Great Depression. This landmark in the middle of the Mojave Desert, holding back the largest man-made lake in America, also became, like Mount Rushmore or the Empire State Building, a visual and cultural icon. The power and meanings of this icon came not through a single image but via myriad visual representations, in government propaganda, advertising, journalism, and art. Even before it was built, these images were used to shape the public's perception of the project and frame the dam as the linchpin to an expanding American economic empire in the desert Southwest. Anthony F. Arrigo has researched a wide array of primary sources and archival materials to trace the project from its earliest representations in illustrations to the documentary photography of its construction and later depictions of the structure in commercial promotions, fine art photography, and paintings. Analyzing Hoover Dam through the trajectory of imagery across several decades, rather than the narrative of its construction, illuminates the underlying cultural and ecological imperatives in the drive to build it, including the influence of religious doctrine and the American agrarian movement. Arrigo also discusses various portrayals of laborers, women, minority groups, nature, and technology in this imagery. In time, the visual icon of power and domination was commercialized to sell cars, vacations, and more. Imaging Hoover Dam is an important work in both visual rhetoric and media studies. It will also intrigue readers interested in such varied topics as the history of the American Southwest, the Great Depression and the New Deal, social and environmental issues, and American popular culture. Anthony F. Arrigo is assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he specializes in visual communication, rhetorical theory, and cultural studies. "Arrigo's Imaging Hoover Dam makes an important contribution to the field of visual rhetoric. The author's arguments are clear and insightful. Both scholars and general readers in American cultural studies will enjoy this fascinating account of the making of a major icon of industrial modernism." -- Carole Blair, professor, communication studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Price: 47.45 USD
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3 COOK, MARY JEAN STRAW; HOLLENBACK, AMELIA. Immortal Summer: A Victorian Woman's Travels In The Southwest: The 1897 Letters And Photographs Of Amelia Hollenback.
Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Two sisters embark from Pennsylvania in search of experiences in the Indian Southwest, newly opened to intrepid travelers. At Hopi they meet the day's most famous photographers and bring back rare images of this and other Indian lands that stand today as an America coming to terms with itself through its female adventurers. 7 x 10 in. 184 pages 85 black-and-white photographs. Mary Jean Cook is a classical concert musician and historian living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a founder of the Friends of the Palace of the Governors. "In the summer of 1897, two well-bred and educated East coast sisters, Amelia and Josephine Hollenback, embark on a three month journey to the then-relatively unknown American Southwest…[Amelia Hollenback's] letters and black-and-white photographs come alive over one hundred years later." -- Library Journal 
Price: 9.45 USD
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4 CUTTER, CHARLES R. The Legal Culture Of Northern New Spain.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame: s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Spain's colonial rule rested on a judicial system that resolved conflicts and meted out justice. But just how was this legal order imposed throughout the New World? Re-created here from six hundred civil and criminal cases are the procedural and ethical workings of the law in two of Spain's remote colonies--New Mexico and Texas in the eighteenth century. Professor Cutter challenges the traditional view that the legal system was inherently corrupt and irrelevant to the mass of society, and that local judicial officials were uninformed and inept. Instead he found that even in peripheral areas the lowest-level officials--the alcalde or town magistrate--had a greater impact on daily life and a keener understanding of the law than previously acknowledged by historians. These local officials exhibited flexibility and sensitivity to frontier conditions, and their rulings generally conformed to community expectations of justice. By examining colonial legal culture, Cutter reveals the attitudes of settlers, their notions of right and wrong, and how they fixed a boundary between proper and improper actions. Charles R. Cutter, associate professor of history at Purdue University is a specialist on the Spanish borderlands. "A superlative work."--Marc Simmons, author of Spanish Government in New Mexico "The Legal Culture of Northern New Spain is a book that every person who studies the Hispanic culture in the United States should not only have on their bookshelf, but should actually read." - Southwestern American Literature "This is a book that every student of Borderlands must read."-- Journal of the West 
Price: 26.55 USD
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5 HORTON, D. SETH & MYHREN, BRETT GARCIA (EDITORS). Road To Nowhere And Other New Stories From The Southwest.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Southwest of the twety-first century is full of surprises, and so is this collection of southwestern short stories published between 2007 and 2011. The writers represented here remind us that this is not the "Old Southwest" of gunfghters and sagebrush but, instead, a place of rock collectors, palm readers, and Russian mail-order brides. Well-known authors like Sallie Bingham, Ron Carlson, Laura Furman, and Dagoberto Gilb are joined here by exciting newcomers Eddie Chuculate, Don Waters, Claire Vaye Watkins, and others. D. Seth Horton is the editor of four previous collections of western short stories, most recently Best of the West 2011: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Brett Garcia Myhren, an associate editor on Best of the West 2011: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, teaches at the University of Southern California and Saddleback College. "Jersey boy that I am, felt really happy when one of my stories, which happened to be set in New Mexico, found its way in to a previous number of this terrific anthology. And I am happier still to see another edition of it. What a good, good idea, and what fine stories, from some of our finest established writers, such as Ron Carlson, Laura Furman, Dagoberto Gilb, and Brad Watson, and from some new writers whose work we will remember well into the future. The landscape of a part of the country we love, the landscape of contemporary prose we love to read, the landscape of the human heart where we all remain residents, permanent and yet transient—these stories take you there." -- Alan Cheuse, author of To Catch the Lightning: A Novel of American Dreaming "The wise, tough depictions of these unforgettable roads to ruin will cause you surprise—and gratitude. The characters here are true creatures of the desert making their way through the Middle of Nowhere to Nowhere, through the dry river beds, the dry lake beds and wastelands, and to the irredeemable places of ghosts and gun culture. Always desiring to leave, they resolve to stay, to be damaged and to cause damage. They find no shelter from the truth of their choices, past and present. Reading this fine anthology is like traveling under the searing, purifying Southwest sky. 'Why have I come?' you will ask, and 'Why would I ever leave?'" -- Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Complete History of New Mexico: Stories "In this book the Southwest emerges as a region dominated by short, intercut 'sights' rather than John Ford or Park Service panoramas. The views of the Southwest presented here are fleeting glances—a San Diego neighborhood glimpsed from a freeway on-ramp, a baby's cry heard in the desert night, freshly graded roads to subdivisions that don't yet exist. These stories force the Southwest to face itself in a future neither tourists nor locals could have foretold."-- Phillip Round, author of The Impossible Land: Story and Place in California's Imperial Valley 
Price: 23.70 USD
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6 JUDD, DENNIS R.; WITT, STEPHANIE L. (EDITORS). Cities, Sagebrush, And Solitude: Urbanization And Cultural Conflict In The Great Basin.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Cities, Sagebrush, and Solitude explores the transformation of the largest desert in North America, the Great Basin, into America's last urban frontier. In recent decades Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City, and Boise have become the anchors for sprawling metropolitan regions. This population explosion has been fueled by the maturing of Las Vegas as the nation's entertainment capital, the rise of Reno as a magnet for multitudes of California expatriates, the development of Salt Lake City's urban corridor along the Wasatch Range, and the growth of Boise's celebrated high-tech economy and hip urban culture. The blooming of cities in a fragile desert region poses a host of environmental challenges. The policies required to manage their impact, however, often collide with an entrenched political culture that has long resisted cooperative or governmental effort. The alchemical mixture of three ingredients—cities, aridity, and a libertarian political outlook—makes the Great Basin a compelling place to study. This book addresses a pressing question: are large cities ultimately sustainable in such a fragile environment? Dennis R. Judd is a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has published numerous books, including City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban America. Stephanie L. Witt is a professor of public policy and administration at Boise State University. Her publications include Urban West: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times, coauthored with James B. Weatherby. 
Price: 41.52 USD
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7 MARSHALL, ANN; ZEPEDA, OFELIA (INTRODUCTORY ESSAY). Rain: Native Expressions From The American Southwest.
Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Explores the synergetic relationship between rain and the indigenous peoples of the arid and semi-arid Southwest. Takes an approach to Native American art by tying it directly to the life force of the tribes of the Southwest. It is a glimpse into the arts of southwestern tribes and a shimmering portrait of the desert's oldest miracle. 8.5 x 11 in. 144 pages 160 color images. Ann Marshall, Ph.D., is director of research and interpretation at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her publications include Home: Native People of the Southwest and a history of the Heard Museum's collections. "Depicted are designs on paintings, pottery, textiles, baskets, kachinas, sculpture, jewelry and even musical instruments, showing the importance of the life-giving rain to these people." -- Southwest Books of The Year 
Price: 28.45 USD
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8 MATLOCK, GARY (TEXT); WARREN, SCOTT (PHOTOGRAPHS). Enemy Ancestors: The Anasazi World With A Guide To Sites.
Northland Publishing, Flagstaff: 1991. 0873584589 / 9780873584586 Second Printing. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Bridges the gap between the many basic books on the Anasazi and the technical publications written by and for archaeologists and anthropologists. It will interest the armchair traveler as well as the person who seeks enlightened participation in the archaeological drama of the Southwest; in addition to covering the geographical, geological, cultural, and domestic contexts of the Anasazi, there is also valuable information on backcountry ethics, field dating methods, and more. 
Price: 38.48 USD
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9 MERGEN, BERNARD. At Pyramid Lake.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Pyramid Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Great Basin, the terminus of the Truckee River flowing from Lake Tahoe into northern Nevada. This desert oasis, with a surface area of nearly two hundred square miles, is a unique geological feature and was home to the Paiute for thousands of years before the arrival of explorer John C. Frmont in 1844. For the Paiute, it was a spiritual center that provided life-sustaining resources, such as the cui-ui, a fish unique to the lake and now endangered. For the ranchers and farmers who settled on tribal lands, the waters that flowed into it were necessary to raise cattle and crops. Mergen tells how these competing interests have interacted with the lake and with each other, from the Paiute War of 1860 to the present. The lake's very existence was threatened by dams and water diversion; it was saved by tribal claims, favorable court decisions, improved water laws, and the rise of environmentalism. At Pyramid Lake is about more than Indians and water wars, however. It is the story of railroads on the reservation and the role of federal, state, and private groups interested in sportfishing. It is about scientists, artists, and tourists who were captivated by the lake's beauty. Finally, it is also a story of the lake as a place of spiritual renewal and celebration. Mergen grew up near its shores in the 1940s and returned frequently through the years. In this cultural history, he combines his personal remembrances with other source material, including novels, poetry, newspaper and magazine journalism, unpublished manuscripts, and private conversations, to paint a fascinating portrait of one of Nevada's natural wonders. Bernard Mergen is professor emeritus of American studies at George Washington University. His publications include Weather Matters: An American Cultural History Since 1900 and Snow in America. A native of Reno, Nevada, he lives in Franklin, West Virginia. "The book's breadth and depth add a great deal to our understanding of our northern Nevada locale and its context in a wider historic and literary milieu." -- Ann Ronald, author of Friendly Fallout, 1953 New York Times story, April 23, 2013, on saving the nearly extinct Lahontan cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake. 
Price: 25.60 USD
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10 SAGEL, JIM. Dancing To Pay The Light Bill: Essays On New Mexico And The Southwest.
Red Crane Books. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A delightful panorama of south-western culture is presented in this collection of satirical and penetrating essays exploring the language, turbulent history, and rich multicultural fabric of life in this unique region. Includes 6 drawings. Well-known southwestern author and storyteller, Jim Sagel was the author of several titles including Always the Heart; Garden of Stories; and Where the Cinnamon Winds Blow. He won numerous awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including the El Premio Leterario Ciudad de San Sebastian, Spain, 1997. The prize was given for the best play written in Spanish. Sagel was the first person outside of Spain to receive the award. "If you ever wonder why we call New Mexico 'The Land of Enchantment,' you'll find a multitude of answers in Jim Sagel's delightful essays. As Sage says, 'New Mexicans laught a lot.'" -- Tony Hillerman 
Price: 9.45 USD
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11 TYSON, CARL NEWTON. The Red River In Southwestern History.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In The Red River in Southwestern History, Carl Newton Tyson traces the river's history from the time of early Spanish and French explorers to the present day, leading his readers to a new appreciation of the river and the region. From the Staked Plains of the Texas Panhandle the river flows down to buffalo and prairie dog country and through the Cross Timbers. It continues eastward to the Great Bend and through the cypresses of Louisiana's bayou country, joining the Mississippi River south of Natchez. Whereas the Red River was a source of water to the Spaniards as they searched for gold, at Natchitoches, French trader Louis Juchereau de St. Denis traded with the Caddo Indians. Conflicts soon developed between French traders and Spaniards in Texas as they competed for land along the Red. Years later, the Red River featured again as part of the settlement in the 1819 Adams-Onis Treaty, negotiated by Spanish minister Luis de Onis y Gonzales and U.S. secretary of state John Quincy Adams, which finally brought to an end the western boundary disputes between Spain and the United States lingering since the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. In 1852 Randolph Marcy discovered the source of the Red River—a mountain rivulet cutting a deep canyon through the Staked Plains. Marcy's testimony in the Greer County border dispute between Oklahoma and Texas was key to the U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring Oklahoma. In the decades between 1930 and 1970, dams were built along the Red by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to control floods, generate electricity, and create lakes for recreation along the Oklahoma-Texas border. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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12 WEBER, DAVID. Myth And The History Of The Hispanic Southwest.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: s Softcover. Brand new book. 
These essays explore the common roots of myth and history. Going back to the earliest Spanish explorers of the Southwest, Weber looks at some of the myths that informed the thought of Coronado and Fray Marcos de Niza. He then discusses the practice of history and the influence on historiography of such respected scholars as Bannon, Bolton, and Turner. Students of that area of southwestern history known as borderlands studies will find the essays collected here reveal the need for interdisciplinary study of the land once contested by Mexico, native Americans, and the United States. David J. Weber is The Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and the Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. "As a major interpreter of the field's scholarship, Weber's works will become guides for the future writing of Spanish, Mexican, and nineteenth-century Mexican American history. "-- New Mexico Historical Review 
Price: 23.75 USD
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