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From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on th ...more
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Published May 1st 2014 by University of Washington Press
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Lisa Foster
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This guide is unusual as it isn't dry and just state facts. The University of Washington states "Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places."
If you want to see the West, you must see the ghost towns, the mining camps to know the h
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Tim Hoiland
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Part textbook, part coffee table book, this one is unlike anything I've ever come across before. Wyckoff is a Montana-based geographer who knows how to see the layers in landscape many of us otherwise miss – natural, agricultural, economic, political, cultural, and recreational. This one is already changing how I "read" the landscapes around me here in the desert Southwest.
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Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great way to explore the American West and think differently about its diverse landscapes
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I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and explored much of the Golden State as I grew up there in the 1960s and 1970s. After living back East and attending graduate school (M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography) at Syracuse University in Upstate New York (1977-1982), I returned west in 1986 to become a college professor at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Since then, I have taught class ...more

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