"McGinnies's book is an excellent review of all aspects of the Sonoran desert and its mountains: geographic, climatic, and geologic."aAmerican Scientist "This book provides a fascinating introduction to desert life in the Southwest."aTrue West "This true labor of love by an outstanding arid lands authority will broaden horizons, deepen understanding, and heighten awareness of the debt we owe to the founders of the Desert Laboratory."aArizona Highways "A great source of revelation. . . . Easy and enjoyable to read and has left me with a great respect for the diversity of ways in which desert plants adapt to extremes."aSylvia Martinelli, Journal of Arid EnvironmentsMcGinnies, William G. is the author of 'Discovering the Desert: The Legacy of the Carnegie Desert Botanical Laboratory', published 1981 under ISBN 9780816507191 and ISBN 0816507198.