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In the quarter-century since his first book, Killing the Hidden Waters, was published in 1977, Charles Bowden has become one of the premier writers on the American environment, rousing a generation of readers to both the wonder and the tragedy of humanity's relationship with the land.

Revisiting his earliest work with a new introduction, "What I Learned Watching the Wells G
Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by University of Texas Press (first published 1978)
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Problematically, I didn't like this book much at all. As a textbook, it might have surprised me in a pleasant way with its occasional bouts of lyricism and its well-chosen pictures, storytelling moves, and illustrations. As a doomsday prognostication on the environmental abuses of modern Western technology, it is sadly out of date (even with the 'new' foreword in the 2003 edition). I strongly suggest steering clear of Killing the Hidden Waters if you're looking for a light or entertaining read, ...more
Was given this book to read as I walked from Ajo to Tinajas Altas- great book if you enjoy thoughts on different approaches to living in identical environments.
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Dated material, even the "newer" forward is nearly a decade old. The dire prognostications remain unrealized.
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CHARLES BOWDEN’s journalism appears regularly in Harper’s GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including Down by the River.

In more than a dozen groundbreaking books and many articles, Charles Bowden has blazed a trail of fire from the deserts of the Southwest to the centers of power where abstract ideas of human nature hold sway — and to t
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