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Review: The American West is dying. Christopher Ketcham's 'This Land' is a rallying cry to save it

"This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West" by Christopher Ketcham; Viking (430 pages, $29)

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Once great, wide and untrammeled, the American West, where wolves roamed in gray multitudes and sage grouse puffed and plumed in splendor, is diminishing against cattle herds, gas and oil drilling, and federal agencies that have forsaken their duty to protect the nation's magnificent and mistreated frontier.

Tales of destruction have been going on for decades, but Christopher Ketcham's important

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