Edward Abbey
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A book which describes the unique beauty and fragile ecology of Utah, which was, at time of writing, already threatened by destruction due to tourism, pollution, etc. Illustrated throughout with lush, color photography by Philip Hyde. Text by Edward Abbey. Scores of dazzling color photographs taken of what Abbey described as "the one part of Earth that is still almost as i...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Peregrine Smith Books (first published January 1st 1971)
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Tina Cipolla
I like Edward Abbey more and more and more everytime I read him. I particularly love that in this book he makes an impassioned argument for the removal of that hideous dam at Glen Canyon that gives us the biggest, nastiest eyesore in the West, Lake Powell. I have never read a book that describes so well what is wrong with these resevoirs, and I love that Abbey was able to put into compelling prose my feelings exactly.

Additionally, Abbey manages to convey the stark beauty of the Escalante region...more
This is a fantastic book. Abbey is at the top of his game as an essayist. I don't think there is a better advocate for wilderness around. I wish he was still writing. The pictures by Hyde are stellar considering the Kodachrome used in 1971. Its a seminal work in the wilderness canon. Layout is a little clunky.
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An awesome description of some places that I hold dear to my heart but will never see since they have been flooded out of existence. So sad. Is there any resource on Earth that we are prepared to spare?
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Abbey attended college in New Mexico, and then worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for the National Park Service in the Southwest. It was during this time that he developed the relationship with the area's environment that influenced his writing. During his service, he was in close proximity to the ruins of ancient Native American cultures and saw the expansion and destruction of modern civil...more
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