Winner of the Western Literature Association's Thomas J. Lyon Award
[A] beautifully rendered, sensitive and revealing work.
The best portrait of Abbey we're likely to see.
Cahalan meticulously tracks the course of Abbey's often feral yet always creative and resonant life.
The story of Cactus Ed Abbey's life as told by Cahalan will engage and inspire, with as insightful a look at the times as it is of the man. Cahalan tells the whole story, and he tells it exceedingly well.
Cahalan recounts the life fully and fairly, trusting readers to make up their own minds about his volatile subject.
Washington Post Book World
A pleasure to read.
Thoroughly researched . . . Cahalan has unearthed some of Abbey's finest bons mots along the way.
New York Times Book Review
Truly readable biographies are as rare as listenable Yoko Ono albums, but here is one.
Meticulously documents Abbey's singular life in all its common American squalor and uncommon glory.
This the real thing. This is what we've wanted to know. Abbey in the altogethera chronicle of the writer we love.
A lucid, impressive biography. . . Those who love Abbey's books will find much to interest them here.
Cahalan fills a huge gap in our understanding of Abbey. . .A definitive biography.
Ann H. Zwinger