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Western images, western landscapes : travels along U.S. 89
Vale, Thomas R., 1943-
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Publication Information:
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
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F595.3 .V35 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Vales explore the exploitation of the country traversed by US 89--Tucson, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park. Here is little water, ergo few people. The misfortune is the frivolous and destructive uses to which the trickle is increasingly diverted. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Booklist Review

An exploration of the American West as a geographical region--specifically, what it means to the people who live there, rather than simply a guide to what travelers will find. The book follows a 1,500-mile route stretching from Mexico to Canada--traversing some of the most scenic country in the world, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, and the Grand Tetons--and in the process compares observed reality with common myth and image. The reader is the beneficiary of a close and fascinating look at a contemporary battle between growth on the one hand and preservation on the other. Numerous maps, charts, and photographs augment the text. To be indexed. --Fred Egloff

Publisher's Weekly Review

Images of the West are as varied as the landscape itself: untamed frontier, vast emptiness, a ``Big Rock Candy Mountain'' of opportunity, expanding cities, protected wilderness, playground. The Vales, geographers and authors of U.S. 40 Today , here cover 1500 miles, checking images against reality. Following U.S. Route 89 north, they pass through cities, ghost towns, bombing ranges, parklands; through desert, mountains, plains. While no single image appears dominant, the question of growth vs. preservation is always present. The authors conclude that the greatest threat to the character of the ``Interior West'' is increased numbers of people (and their encumbrances) rather than resource development. Neither a travel nor a guidebook, this would be useful as either; its forcefully delivered main point is to verify the different ways we value land. Photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book is a delightful combination of route log and contemporary commentary on the interior West. It is organized around a south-north drive through five states from Mexico to Canada, commenting upon a wide variety of landscape-related issues along the way. In the tradition of George R. Stewart's U.S. 40 (LJ 6/1/53), it includes 52 carefully selected photos, but its real joy is the several dozen maps and sidebars included in the marginal space. The authors diligently (perhaps too diligently) follow a theme of interplay between mental image and landscape image, but of at least equal value is the motif of development versus preservation.-- Tom McKnight, UCLA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.