About the Book:
What happens when members of an American religion—one built in the nineteenth century on personal prophecy and land proprietorship—assert possession over western federal lands, armed with guns and a certainty that God wants them to go to war? American Zion is the story of the ongoing feud between Mormon ranching family the Bundys, the federal government, and the American public. Historian Betsy Gaines Quammen examines the roots of the Bundys’ cowboy confrontations, and how history has shaped an often-dangerous mindset which today feeds the militia movement and threatens public lands, wild species, and American heritage.
About Annie Ballard:
Avid Outdoorsperson & Community Activist:
"I think we are in an exciting moment in history--a time when the ongoing effects of things like industrialization, colonialism, racism and capitalism are being openly and constructively discussed. We should seize on this moment and encourage dialogue as much as possible, for the betterment of the beautiful world around us, our fellow humans, and the animals with whom we share this planet."
Why Annie Chose This Book:
Those of us who want to uphold democracy in the West ignore the activities, philosophy and burgeoning following of the Bundy family at our peril. This book will give the reader a better understanding of one of the most powerful strains of anti-government rhetoric alive in America today--one whose roots are right next door in Nevada, and one which is a very real threat to the preservation of our wilderness as well as our democracy as a whole.