This tenth anniversary edition celebrates the Great Basin wilderness in all seasons. Contains a new preface by the author.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWhen a group of California-bound ``argonauts'' almost perished, crossing Death Valley's wasteland in 1849, the legends of gold and hellish climate instantly achieved lasting interest.i rewrote this sentence; read carefully But modern readers will have problems with these 27 tales: most were written between 1890 and 1910 in the ornate, stilted diction of that era. There's some historical value in a few eye-witness accounts of the '49ers' troubles: John Wells Brier's ``The Argonauts of Death Valley'' and William Lewis Manly's ``Good-Bye Death Valley!'' and ``Charles Alvord.'' The other pieces have curiosity value at best. Sydney Norman's 1908 attack on ``Death Valley Scotty,'' titled ``Chasing Rainbows in Death Valley,'' is longer on spleen than on facts or good writing. Sadly, there isn't much good writing here at all, and without the editors' introductory notes readers would have trouble discerning truth from fable. The final section, on ``Tall Tales,'' dowses for humor and comes up dry. (Nov.)
BooknewsThe Great Basin (from the Sierras to the Rockies, from the Snake River Plain to the Mojave Desert) is one of the least novelized, least painted, least eulogized of America's landscapes. Trimble, photographer and writer, gives an overview treatment of the biogeography of the region, its compendium of plant and animal and place. Nicely illustrated with 44 color photos and 90 duotones. Oversized at 91/2x121/2". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Wallace StegnerThe Sagebrush Ocean will be a revelation to those who have habitually steeled themselves to drive across the desert at seventy miles an hour, generally at night. They have been missing something fabulous....It ought to be in the pack of every desert camper and every off-road recreationist, just to teach them respect for what they use so freely. It ought to be on the seat of every car that starts across from Salt Lake to Reno, or vice versa, to give even seventy-mile-an-hour travelers some notion of what that apparently monotonous sagebrush ocean contains of the diversity and mystery of life.
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