Category: BOOK REVIEWS

Fire & Blood: A History of Mexico

Book Review: Fire and Blood – A History of Mexico

Fire and Blood: A History of Mexico, published in 1973, is still the best history of Mexico and the Mexicans available. Written by San Antonian TR Fehrenbach, with whom I shared a 40-year friendship, the

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Book Review of “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History”

Paraphrasing a reader: “A wonderful book on coyotes, which covers several broad themes: coyote resilience, coyote individualism, coyote biology (including a little evolution, the science of which is easily understood), coyotes and people (in the

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Book Review – “In the Shadow of the Carmens: Afield with a Naturalist in the Northern Mexican Mountains”

A reader comments, “It’s like getting a personal tour of a spectacular area that not everyone gets to see. Chapter after chapter, the author put me there with her. You might think it would be

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Book Review: Fair Chase, the Sportsman’s Legacy

When people discuss Fair Chase, they often view the topic through a tunnel instead of holistically — and miss the fact that predation is central to conservation. Hunters are often as unaware of this natural

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Book Review of American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

American Serengeti is Dan Flores’ natural history of the American Great Plains throughout its 13,000-years of human presence. According to the author, the book is the “Big History” of two lost worlds, both of which were

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Hog-Gone It! There’s a New Pig Poison in Texas

The widespread use of animal poisons for wildlife “management” goes back to at least 1835 with the invention of strychnine. For about 180 years now wolves, coyotes, foxes, badgers, cougar, bear, bobcats, prairie dogs, birds,

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Capturing a West Texas Winter Wonderland

“Texas Monthly’s beautiful photography of winter scenes in far-West Texas.

Book Review: ‘Inheritors of the Earth’ by Chris D. Thomas

Here is better way of thinking about so-called invasive species. Ask yourself: How many invasive species have ever been eliminated? How much damage have we done to native plants, animals and our finances trying unsuccessfully

Book Review: The Cartel – A Novel

The events depicted in this exhaustively researched book are verified by contemporary news reports, and confirmed by many Texas border ranchers. The staffs’ families of Circle Ranch and our neighbors have been the victims of horrific murders,

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Re-wolving the West

In far-West Texas as at Yellowstone National Park, it is a physiological fact that (Mexican) wolves would improve habitat for wild and domestic animals. But, community feelings towards wolves are very negative.