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Frog Mountain Blues
By Charles Bowden
165 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 1994
Paper (978-0-8165-1501-1)
Related Interest
  - The Modern West
  - Nature and Environment

Called "Frog Mountain" by native Tohono O'odham people, the Santa Catalina Mountains offer the citizens of Tucson a wilderness in their own backyard. Over the years it has attracted treasure
This is one of the finest books on ecology in [the 1980s], for it delineates the creeping environmental degradation that occurs when a boomtown pushes toward a wilderness.

—Publishers Weekly

Trembles with a raw and vital energy missing from much current writing about the vital questions of wildness and wilderness.

—New York Times Book Review

This is a beautifully written, handsomely illustrated love poem to a mountain range that has the fatal curse of being not merely too awesome in its beauty for its own good but, worse, too accessible to man.

—Los Angeles Times Book Review

A microcosm . . . of the 'civilized' overuse of the entire planet.

—Bloomsbury Review

hunters and entrepreneurs; today recreational facilities dot its summits while resorts and housing development creep up its foothills and into its canyons. Charles Bowden and Jack Dykinga have hiked the Catalinas for years and bring to this book not only a love for the land but the experiences of others who have "lived the mountain." Frog Mountain Blues contrasts the mystery and power of this majestic range with its fragility, and cautions us that this unique wilderness could easily be lost through overuse. By showing the capacity of society to whittle away a whole mountain in pursuit of a "better life," Bowden and Dykinga impress upon us the need for an urbanized society to have wilderness close at hand—both as a retreat from its own insanity and as a reminder of the natural world.

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