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Cactus country Hardcover – 1 Jan 1981

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Time-Life Book 10 July 2010
By groundie - Published on
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This is not your usual Time-Life book. But then, it is not so surprising since Ed Abbey is the main author. For those unfamiliar with Abbey, he was a reluctant environmentalist who hated the rapid development of the western wilderness. He opposed the damming of rivers and building of roads, especially in national parks and forests.

The book is not all instructional jammed with details you'll forget as soon as you put it down. Instead, there are essays of true-to-life experiences, hikes and walks into desert country. Pictures and drawings are clear and large. On our recent trip to New Mexico, we took the book along and it was fun to refer to it from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a little-known gem for your Edward Abbey collection! 31 Aug. 2009
By N. Huston - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Edward Abbey's death left a big hole in the latter part of the 20th century - a hole at least as big as an aluminum strip-mine in the middle of Montana. Imagine my surprise and delight several years later when i found an Abbey book that i hadn't already read - this one.

Published by Time-life and so, obviously, a work for hire, this volume still conveys all of Abbey's love of and reverence for his beloved Southwest, while not being quite as over-the-top Luddite as many of his other works. Combine this with photography that's up to the high standards of most Time-Life "coffee table" series, and you've got a winner.

(Collectors take note: first editions are identifiable by a small hourglass shape on the bottom right corner of the last page of the index. Also - the dust jacket for this book is pretty rare. Consider yourself lucky if you have one!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cactus Country/The American Wilderness 7 Jun. 2015
By Fan of Time-Life Books - Published on
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Cactus Country is one of twenty-seven volumes from the Time-Life book series The American Wilderness. Published in the 1970s, this series introduces the reader to the wilderness areas of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This volume portrays the geography, plants, and animals of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Topics covered include the Superstition and Kofa Mountains, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, El Gran Desierto, and the various types of cacti found in the Sonoran Desert. Edward Abbey's informal and engaging writing style makes the informative narrative easy to read; numerous photographs supplement the text. The author's disdain of modern life (urbanization, pollution, trophy hunters, and industrialization) and love of the desert are underlying themes of the book. A detailed map and bibliography are included. In short, Cactus Country is definitely one of the better books in the American Wilderness series. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars But this is every bit as good as anything 1 Aug. 2016
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Have to admit, I am a biased Ed Abbey addict. But this is every bit as good as anything, well maybe not including Desert Solitaire, that I have read by or about him. What is nice though is his documentary perspective with added personal flair, and not flat at all like as you would expect from such a scientific review. Plus added bonus of photos, though all very dated of course. Glad to have it take up my shelf space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun. 2014
By Lois K Curti - Published on
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Great read
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