Campbell's background as an Arctic adventurer, anthropologist and photographer have led him to a variety of harsh environments. The author of several works on the anthropology of Alaskan natives and, most recently, one-room schoolhouses of the West (The Prairie Schoolhouse, Univ. of New Mexico, 1996), Campbell here documents the natural history, flora and fauna, and inhabitants of the expansive North American desert (the Sonoran, Mojave, Chihuahuan, and Great Basin), which encompasses some 500,000 square miles of the Western United States and Mexico. This collection of (chiefly) black-and-white large-format photographs with accompanying explanatory text works wonderfully on both aesthetic and educational levels to communicate the author's fascination with and understanding of the region. With a brief foreword by acquaintance Tony Hillerman and a useful bibliography; highly recommended.Tim J. Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.