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Two Eagles / Dos Aguilas: A Natural History of the United States-Mexico Borderlands

Steinhart, Peter, Blake, Tupper Ansel

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ISBN 10: 0520084829 / ISBN 13: 9780520084827
Published by University of California Press, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. Large Format. 12.5x14. First Printing. * Signed by both Photographer, Tupper Ansel Blake & Author, Peter Steinhart on the full title page. No inscriptions. Cloth with color illustrated dust jacket. - 203pp. Colour frontis & numerous colour photos by Tupper Ansel Blake,+ some b/w illus, & illus endpapers. mild shelf / edge wear to ajcket. Otherwise, very clean, tight, square, and unmarked. A Fine Copy in a VG jacket. *Additional postage may be required. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001286266

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Title: Two Eagles / Dos Aguilas: A Natural History ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

Edition: 1st Edition

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Blake's stunning photography reveals the remarkable diversity of life and terrain within the lands along the U.S.-Mexico border; Steinhart's inspired text provides environmental awareness and an understanding of the role that humans have played. Together they offer a reminder that the region's human and natural history cannot be separated.

Two kinds of experiences await the reader in this moving and beautiful book—those for the eye and those for the mind. Tupper Ansel Blake's stunning photography reveals the remarkable diversity of life and terrain within the lands that lie along the United States-Mexico border; Peter Steinhart's inspired text provides regional history, environmental awareness, and an understanding of the role that humans have played there.

The 2,000-mile swath shared by the United States and Mexico is often dismissed as one of worthless scrub, or as a hostile no-man's-land populated by border patrols and furtive immigrants. It is in fact among the richest, most biologically diverse, and most endangered areas in all of North America. Tropical and temperate zones overlap in the borderlands—ocelots and parrots, black bears and elk all make their homes there. It is a region not just of cactus and mesquite, but of pine forests, oak woodlands, lush grasslands, and riverside groves of cottonwood and sycamore. Equally diverse are the people of the borderlands, many of whom share a long heritage of living with the land without despoiling it.

If our political view of the borderlands has hidden from us its beauty and fragility, then Two Eagles/Dos Aguilas will reopen our eyes. The recent North American Free Trade Agreement is a reminder that the region's human and natural history cannot be separated, and that the political boundary between the two nations casts a long shadow over the bald eagle of the United States and the caracara, the eagle of Mexico.

About the Author:

Tupper Ansel Blake is a prize-winning wildlife photographer and coauthor of Wild California: Vanishing Lands, Vanishing Wildlife (California, 1985). Peter Steinhart is a freelance writer specializing in natural history and environmental issues. He was an editor and long-time contributor to Audubon magazine. Blake and Steinhart are coauthors of Tracks in the Sky: Wildlife and Wetlands of the Pacific Flyway (1987). John C. Sawhill is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy.

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