ARIZONA by Betty Baker


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An ""adopted native's"" informal appraisal with emphasis on the Indians and on the dramatic landscape. Ranging around Arizona, Miss Baker corrects misconceptions (""one of the greatest dangers in the desert is drowning""), visits mining towns both abandoned and reanimated, notes the importance of copper, the influx of newcomers, the Volume and variety of big game--roughly in that (dis)order. She looks longer and harder at, successively, the Hopi, the Apache and the Navajo, weighing the position of each between past and present. ""The Water War"" (with California for the Colorado's flow) and the sharp rivalry between Phoenix and Tucson introduce current issues. ""Arizona may be far from perfect but there isn't any better place to live"" is a summation the reader won't dispute, given the glimpse here, although he'll have to look elsewhere for systematic coverage of the standard social science topics. (The appended ""Profile"" is some help, but the index not as much as it might be.)

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1969
Publisher: Coward-McCann