By Douglas Preston, Walter W. Nelson
This new e-book variation of Cities of Gold comprises for terribly first time over a hundred never-before-published images taken in the course of the author’s epic, thousand mile horseback trip throughout Arizona and New Mexico.
It additionally comprises many infrequent and awesome historic pictures of the outdated West, local americans, pioneers, prospectors, Indian pueblos, and vanished landscapes.
About the Authors
Douglas Preston is a journalist and writer who has released twenty-six books, nonfiction and fiction, numerous of which were number one manhattan occasions bestsellers. as well as Cities of Gold he's the writer of a number of books on Southwestern historical past, together with Talking to the Ground and The Royal Road.
Preston is the co-creator, with Lincoln baby, of the Pendergast sequence of novels, together with Relic and The cupboard of Curiosities—both of which have been named in a countrywide Public Radio listener ballot as being one of the a hundred maximum suspense novels ever written. Preston’s latest nonfiction booklet, The Monster of Florence, is being made right into a motion picture starring George Clooney.
Preston additionally writes for the New Yorker journal, the Atlantic and Smithsonian, and he taught nonfiction writing at Princeton collage. He divides his time among Maine and New Mexico.
Walter W. Nelson begun his artistic occupation in 1967 and it has spanned a interval of forty years. He first explored the sector of images, touring worldwide, learning non secular locations, deep landscapes, areas of foundation, experimenting with summary shades and textures, continuously looking the visible middle of life within the desolate tract, mountains, canyons, rivers, and towns of the area. He later branched out to portray and sculpture, and mixed all 3 into an ever-expanding visible tapestry of brain and attention. “My existence and my art,” Nelson wrote, “is a relentless trip into the unknown, consistently taking a look forward, by no means at the back of, a favorable and religious quest to appreciate and painting internal and outer existence.”
Nelson’s paintings has been amassed through many museums, together with the Museum of recent Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum of artwork, The San Diego Museum of images, the Houston Museum of excellent Arts, the recent Orleans Museum of paintings, and Stanford college. it's also represented in a few company collections together with Coca Cola, IBM, Exxon, and American Express.
Nelson’s most modern images publication, The Black Place, was once released by means of the Museum of recent Mexico Press in March 2014. Douglas Preston wrote the advent.
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