Since its publication in 1996, "The Sagebrush State" has served as the text for the required course on Nevada's history and constitution given at the state's colleges and universities. The third edition of this work is updated through 2005 to include information on the elections of 2002 and 2004 and two very controversial sessions of the legislature. The full text of the state constitution is provided for reference in an appendix and includes extensive annotations that note and explain amendments and other changes made to the original 1864 document.
Michael W. Bowers is professor of political science and public law, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has published many scholarly articles as well as numerous academic pieces.