New Books Network

Betsy Gaines Quammen, “American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West” (Torrey House, 2020)
In 2014, the cattle rancher Cliven Bundy entered the national spotlight after a showdown against federal officials over grazing rights on public lands. Two years later, his sons seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and occupied it for forty days with militia and sovereign citizen groups. As journalists rushed... Read More
Christian Wright, “Carbon County, USA: Miners for Democracy in Utah and the West” (U Utah Press, 2020)
During the early 1970s, a movement of rank-and-file coal miners rose up in Appalachia to challenge mine bosses and stodgy union officials. They sought greater control over the workplace and a broadened vision of industrial power. Calling themselves the “Miners For Democracy,” these reformers gained short-lived control over the union’s ... Read More
John Weber, “From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century” (UNC Press, 2015)
John Weber, Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, discusses his book, From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), migrant agricultural labor, immigration policy, and the long-term impacts of the labor relations model that developed... Read More
Walter Nugent, “Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016” (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)
The political West is far from monochrome, writes Walter Nugent in Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). Over the last half century and more, most of the states in the West have voted both Democratic and Republican on the national level, with... Read More
Phil Christman, “Midwest Futures” (Belt Publishing, 2020)
What does the future hold for the Midwest? A vast stretch of fertile farmland bordering one of the largest concentrations of fresh water in the world, the Midwestern US seems ideally situated for the coming challenges of climate change. But it also sits at the epicenter of a massive economic... Read More
Kristen Millares Young, “Subduction” (Red Hen Press, 2020)
Kristen Millares Young’s debut novel, Subduction (Red Hen Press, 2020), provides a lyrical exploration of cultural encounters in the Pacific Northwest. After a Latina anthropologist, Claudia, flees a fractured marriage in Seattle, she throws herself in her fieldwork on the Makah Indian Reservation. There she meets Peter, the community’s prodigal... Read More
Megan Kate Nelson, “The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West” (Scribner, 2019)
What did the American Civil War look like from Diné Bikéyah and Apacheria? This is just one of the many questions that drives historian Megan Kate Nelson’s The Three-Cornered War: The Union, The Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner, 2020), which details the Civil War’s... Read More
Brian Cervantez, “Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Raised in a one-room log cabin in a small North Texas town, Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) rose to become the founder and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a seat of power from which he relentlessly promoted the city of Fort Worth, amassed a fortune, and established himself as the... Read More