A Field Guide
By William Wyckoff

How to Read the American West

This innovative field guide includes stories, photographs, maps, and diagrams on one hundred landscape features across the American West. Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places. Emphasizing features that recur from one part of the region to another, the guide takes readers on an exploration of the eleven western states with trips into their natural and cultural character.

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William Wyckoff

William Wyckoff

A native of Southern California, Bill now makes his home in Bozeman, Montana where he is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Other book projects that have focused on the western landscape include a re-photographic survey of Montana (On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006)) and a historical geography of Colorado (Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western Landscape, 1860-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)). With three coauthors, Bill also writes a college textbook in world regional geography (published by Pearson) entitled Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development.

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