A fierce defender of wilderness and the American West, Edward Abbey is the author of 21 books, including Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Acclaimed novelist Thomas McGuane is the author of Ninety-Two in the Shade, The Sporting Club, and most recently, Driving on the Rim.
On civil disobedience at Rocky Flats.
The American deserts are lovely but deceptive places. Anyone who ventures into them for more than a few hours ought to know some of their secrets-if he hopes to come out alive.
From “Blood Sport,” by Edward Abbey. The essay appears in Abbey’s new collection, One Life At A Time, Please, published this month by Henry Holt.