Here are some good books about the great deserts of the American southwest. Click on the titles to order them from Amazon.
This one almost goes without saying. The desert classic by the one and only Edward Abbey.
Interesting and well done look at life in the boom and bust communities of the desert southwest by journalist Ruben Martinez.
A collection of columns written over the years by Randall Henderson, the founder of the original Desert Magazine.
A look at the vanishing traditional ways of life of people trying to survive along the continental divide from Mexico to Canada, and some of the conflicts between them and those working to establish the continental divide trail and stronger environmental protection. By Frank Clifford.