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The Orphaned Land
New Mexico’s Environment Since the Manhattan Project

Although most people prefer not to think about them, hazardous wastes, munitions testing, radioactive emissions, and a variety of other issues affect the quality of land water and air in the Land of Enchantment, as they do all over the world.

In this book, veteran New Mexico journalist V. B. Price assembles a vast amount of information on more than fifty years of deterioration of the state’s environment, most of it hitherto available only in scattered newspaper articles and government reports. Viewing New Mexico as a microcosm of global ecological degradation, Price’s is the first book to give the general public a realistic perspective on the problems surrounding New Mexico's environmental health and resources.

345 pages | 65 images | Photography by Nell Farrell

Read an interview with V.B. Price on the state's toxic legacy in the Alibi

"The Orphaned Land is a superb synthesis of the systemic environmental abuse of New Mexico's ecosystems since the Manhattan Project. Price, a journalist, writer, and educator, provides clear thinking about the realities that are reinventing the ecological -social systems of New Mexico and the American West in the 21st century while celebrating the magnificent beauty of the region's landscapes....Highly recommended." -- Choice

"This is a very important book about our collective future and should be read widely, not just in New Mexico." -- Wildlife Activist

"In this sweeping look at New Mexico's environment, veteran journalist and editor V. B. Price plies the tools of his trade: in-depth research, diverse points of view, and compelling storytelling." -- New Mexico Magazine