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Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate
In Cronies, Robert Bryce takes on the state of Texas and its enormous political power, tracing the network of "cronies" that brought both George Bushes to the White House
The World's Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources
The World’s Water 2004-2005, edited by Peter Gleick, is the fourth installment of an annual report that covers water issues that span the globe
Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide
In Common Southwestern Plants, Jack L. Carter, Martha A. Carter and Donna J. Stevens have created a user-friendly botanical guide
Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life
In Diminished Democracy, Harvard University professor Theda Skocpol considers the decline of volunteerism in American life, and what it means for the nation’s democracy
Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town
Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town by Andrew Leo Lovato explores the way Santa Fe, N.M., both preserves and exploits its colorful past
Buyouts by the numbers
The various grazing buyout proposals offer different amounts to ranchers in exchange for retiring their grazing permits
The last happy agency biologist — and other April Foolery
Biologist Mark Intyme is marking time; "Termoonator" takes on wolves; coorections; "Million Bush March" and other oddities
UFOs Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico's History
In UFOs Over Galisteo, New Mexico historian Robert J. Torrez creates vivid vignettes of his state’s fascinating past
State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security
In State of the World 2005, the Worldwatch Institute takes a hard look at important issues from nuclear weapons proliferation to renewable energy
Seeds of Deception
Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith takes a chilling look at "Frankenstein foods," explaining that new, genetically modified foods are not as safe as their corporate creators claim
As if We Were Grownups: A Collection of 'Suicidal' Political Speeches That Aren't
In As If We Were Grownups, Jeff Golden argues for a new approach to political decision-making based on more than immediate gratification
The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror
In The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, David Orr takes a hard look at our extract-and-consume lifestye, and examines the ways in which it makes us vulnerable
Western Voices: 125 years of Colorado Writing
Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing is a diverse collection of fascinating essays, chosen by editors from the Colorado Historical Society
Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West
Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West is a fine collection of Frederick Turner’s deft essays on the region
The Meat You Eat: Corporate Farming and the Decline of the American Diet
In The Meat You Eat, Ken Midkiff reveals the ugly underbelly of industrialized meat production
The Basket Maker
The Basket Maker by Kate Niles is a searing novel of incest and compassion set in the modern Southwest
The Editors Respond
Buildup to disaster: A Libby timeline
A timeline traces the decline of logging, the rise of environmentalism, and the slow asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, by its vermiculite mine
California Poem
Eleni Sikelianos’ California Poem is a book full of poems, photos, collages, and wonder
Mountain Harmonies
In Mountain Harmonies, Howard Smith muses on environmental philosophy as he takes readers from Glacier National Park to New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness
The Pine Island Paradox
The Pine Island Paradox by Kathleen Dean Moore takes a philosophical and poetic look at islands and rivers
Roadkill statistics
Statistics from a variety of sources show the impact that roads have on wildlife numbers
One with Ninevah: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future
Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich look at the ways the human race is jeopardizing the planet in One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future
A Place to Stand
In A Place to Stand, New Mexico’s finest poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca, has written a stunning memoir of his turbulent life
Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action
Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action is an inspiring anthology by Anne Waldman and Lisa Birman
Taking the West Forward
HCN lays out the West's 10 most critical issues and the paths toward positive results on everything from energy development and drought to federal agency practices and endangered species.
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