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Through investigating Phoenix's struggle to become a major American metropolis, VanderMeer's study also offers a unique view of what it means to be a desert city.
"This is essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century urban America." Southwest Books of the Year, 2011.
"[Desert Visions and the Making of Phoenix], with its multiple themes, broad scope, and lively detail should appeal to a wide and diverse audience of readers interested in a contemporary American city in which the constant has been changing visions of growth." Journal of Cultural Geography.