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The Hidden West: Journey in the American Outback

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A memorable account of one man's journey through terra incognita - secret places that still exist in the American West.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by The Lyons Press (first published 1982)
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When most writers refer to 'The West', they generally leave out Mexico. It was eye opening to read about the natives of northern Mexico, I knew nothing at all about that area.

Parts of the book are a bit dated, but dated in a good way. I'll make a crazy comparison here. It's kind of like the Jack Nicholson movie, The Passenger. A little obscure, a cultural artifact from the 70's, but very close to being a masterpiece that few people have ever heard of.
I have given away copies of this book to friends who live in or have come to visit Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Though written more than 30 years ago, the essays are timeless in terms of the author's beautifully phrased reflections about the southwest.
This is a re-read. I first read it when it came out in the late 1970s. Despite a lot of New Age commentary, the book has aged well. Schultheis lives in the territory he describes and provides interesting historical and philosophical insight.
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