The late Edward Abbey (dubbed by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry as "The Thoreau of the American West") was a hero to environmentalists and rebels of every stripe. With Fire on the Mountain, this literary giant of the New West wrote a powerful, moving, and enduring tale that gloriously celebrates the undying spirit of American individualism. The 50th anniversary edition of this classic work is now available, with an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley that reminds students of Abbey's steadfast conviction that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against the government."
John Vogelin’s land is his life—a barren stretch of New Mexican wilderness, mercifully bypassed by civilization. Then the government moves in, and suddenly the elderly, stubborn rancher is confronting the combined land-grabbing greed of the county sheriff, the Department of the Interior, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the U.S. Air Force. But a tough old man is like a mountain lion: if you back him into a corner, he’ll come out fighting.
"Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier."—Houston Chronicle
"Abbey can attain a kind of glory in his writing. He takes scenes that have been well-traveled by other writers, and re-creates them as traditional American myths."—New York Times Book Review