The American Southwest has been variously celebrated as a place of enormous beauty with a sense of deep historical roots and condemned as a place without any past or, indeed, an inhabitable present. The extremes of southwestern life modern and traditional, urban and rural, tame and wild, ugly and beautiful, polluted and pure - pervade the region. How America has come to view the Southwest and its distinctive images - and why it has formed these views - is the subject of this intriguing interdisciplinary book.
RICHARD FRANCAVIGLIA is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington and director of its Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography. David Narrett is also an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.