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This documentary-style collection of photographs and narratives profiles a wide range of prominent figures of the West as they engage in candid discussions about the region and its identity. A diverse group of visionary men and women, they may differ in politics but remain united in their belief that the West requires inspired action if it is going to endure challenges posed by political, cultural, and environmental pressures. Allowing those on each side of the issues to speak freely, this important work tackles such topics as education, recreation, immigration, ranching, alternative energy, wildlife habitat protection, oil and gas extraction, urban development, and water conservation. Exemplifying photography and journalism at its best, Voices of the American West provides a panoramic view of today's evolving West. The collection features Terry Tempest Williams, Stewart Udall, Katie Lee, Dave Foreman, and many others.
Corinne Platt is a writer living in the old mining town of Ophir, Colorado. She was formerly an English teacher in Carbondale, Colorado, and is now a freelance writer and lecturer.
Meredith Ogilby is a freelance photographer and author whose images have been published extensively in Colorado. Her book A Life Well-Rooted: Women of Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley won the Caroline Bancroft History Award for the advancement of Colorado history.