As the reader will discover, strange bedfellows sometimes come to live together in the real world of human interaction with landscape and wildlife. This is a refreshing book, full of insight—a genuinely new kind of ranch history that every student of the subject needs to read.
—Southwest Book Views
An outstanding contribution to the history of the environment and the American West . . . This book ought to serve a vital role in continuing the scholarly and contemporary debates surrounding suburbanization, nature, and the role of the state. It forces us to shed simplistic perceptions of environmental problems and embrace history as a guide to our current circumstances.
—Journal of American History
Some people will discount Sayre's analysis and conclusions, but his book is a substantive challenge to environmentalist orthodoxy. It is not intended to refute the goals of environmentalism but to help claify both the aims and the methods.
—Southwestern American Literature
This is a superb book: scholarly, well researched and reasoned, largely framed in ecological terms; it is rich in detail and the phenomena of everyday life. . . . Such an undertaking has considerable practical and theoretical potential.
—Journal of Arizona History