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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...
The book is a great collection of prose and photography. Edward Abbey's writing always makes me miss the southwest desert. I miss it especially so after reading his words in this book.
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.
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?