Edward Abbey Fire On The Mountain

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Fire On The Mountain

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John Vogelin ranches the land adjoining White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. When the Air Force tries to extend its holdings, Vogelin refuses to budge.

Aided only by his 12-year-old grandson, Vogelin shows what one determined individual can do in the face of overwhelming legal and military power.

"Vogelin stands for something we too easily forget: an American dream, the heritage of forefather, the right of every individual to rise up and proclaim, `I exist!'" (Denver Post)

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Edward Abbey was a hero to environmentalists and rebels of every stripe. With Fire on the Mountain, this literary giant of the New West gave readers a powerful, moving, and enduring tale that gloriously celebrates the undying spirit of American individualism. This fiftieth anniversary edition, with an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley, reminds readers of Abbey's powerful conviction that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his 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, mule-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.

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