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 | 275 pp$19.95



"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




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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