Western History & Genealogy Blog

New Books in Western History (2.15.11)

Cover of Douglas Brinkley's The Quiet World

Recent weeks have seen reviews of new works on the preservation of Alaska's wilderness, on the larger circumpolar world of the Arctic, and excerpts from a new book on the urban centers of the Great Basin and a memoir of Western wolf management.

Following on his voluminous work on Theodore Roosevelt, David Brinkley offers the second in his series of conservation histories: The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960. The Quiet World has received largely favorable reviews in a number of newspapers, including the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Houston Chronicle. A copy of Brinkley's The Quiet World is on order for the Western History/Genealogy Department. Circulating copies are already available in DPL libraries.

 Notes from the Arctic CircleAlso new and reviewed on a northern subject is Sara Wheeler's The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle, which follows her earlier acclaimed volume, entitled Terra Incognita, on Antarctica. Favorable reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post,  and the Seattle Times. A copy of Wheeler's The Magnetic North is on order for the Western History/Genealogy Department.

New West has recently featured excerpts from two new books: Tim Sullivan's No Communication with the Sea and Carter Niemeyer's Wolfer: A Memoir. Sullivan's No Communication explores the future of cities in the Great Basin. Niemeyer's Wolfer recounts his decades long relationship with wolves and their complex and contested place in the West. A copy of Sullivan's No Communication is available for use in the Western History/Genealogy Department. A copy of Niemeyer's Wolfer has been ordered.