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SAGEBRUSH EMPIRE: How a Remote Utah County Became the Battlefront of American Public Lands

by Jonathan P. Thompson

San Juan County, Utah, contains some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, rich in culture and history. But it’s also long been plagued with racism, bitterness, and politics as twisted as the canyons. Award-winning journalist Jonathan P. Thompson explores the redrock canyons and  this corner of the western United States, which for five decades has been at the center of the American public lands wars.

August 2021| Nonfiction | 978-1-948814-44-7 | 364 pp$19.95

PRAISE FOR SAGEBRUSH EMPIRE

 

"Equal parts piercing investigative journalism and exquisite narrative, Sagebrush Empire delivers brilliant insight into the conflicting identity of the changing American West."
 EVAN SCHERTZ, Co-owner of Maria's Bookshop, Durango CO

“This book is as gritty as the Southwest itself. Readers will get a glimpse behind the glamour of redrock country, behind the vistas that take your breath away, and learn about the ongoing conflicts between the people who make this area their home. Thompson pulls you into a story that exposes some hard truths about the locals, politicians, and land laws of the West. In narrative style, with well-researched facts, this book reveals the depths to which people will go to protect the things they hold important.”
AMY MCCLELLAND, Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff AZ

 

PRAISE FOR JONATHAN P. THOMPSON

 

“Thompson’s investigative chops are impressive."

SIERRA MAGAZINE

“Thompson weaves his skills of investigative journalism and factual verification with the empowering tools and devices of a novelist.”

THE UTAH REVIEW

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JONATHAN P. THOMPSON has been an environmental journalist focusing on the American West since he signed on as reporter and photographer at the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in 1996. He has worked and written for High Country News for over a decade, and his work has appeared in numerous other outlets. He is the author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed behind the Gold King Mine Disaster. He and his wife, Wendy, and daughters Lydia and Elena split their time between Colorado and Bulgaria. 

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