- Hardcover: 443 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1st edition (1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826306276
- ISBN-13: 978-0826306272
- Package Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Albuquerque: A narrative history Hardcover – 1982
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I've read quite a few books on the subject of Albuquerque lately, and this is by far the most complete, most compelling, and most well written. It's so good that I find myself recommending it to people who aren't even from Albuquerque.
It tells the story of Albuquerque, of New Mexico, of the railroads, of the Spanish conquest, of the West, and of the Civil War. It's full of almost everything and almost everyone that ever came into town, affected the town, or was born in the town. The author has an obvious affinity for the little known and the unusual, and the unique facts he digs up enhance every passage of the more commonly known history.
For instance, the volcanoes west of town are still cooling, and even released a burst of volcanic gasses in 1881. They're NOT extinct. When the infamous imprisonment of Navajos at Fort Sumner after the Long Walk ended, the Navajo men and women were marched into Albuquerque out of Tijeras Canyon, and they wept with joy when they saw the distant Mount Taylor. Oh, and Albuquerque's early mayors used to decide elections by meeting in a dirt lot and fighting with sticks.
The book also contains excellent history on the surrounding area. It features several pages on the oft-neglected town of Carnuel, quite a bit on Atrisco, and several pages on the other small towns that have since been absorbed into Albuquerque itself.
There are also dozens of pages of old photos and paintings and maps of the town. They're terrific.
If you live or have lived in Albuquerque, or if you are at all interested in the area, this book will seize and enthrall you. You will turn its pages as if it were an F. Paul Wilson novel, and when you finally put it down and drive down Central Avenue for your groceries, you will see the world around you with new eyes.
You will see the world for what it is--a place where things don't just happen here and now, but a place where things have always happened--things that have put you here today--things that have put HERE here today.