David Rains Wallace is the author of seventeen books, including Neptune’s Ark: From Ichthyosaurs to Orcas; Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution, A New York Times Notable Book; and The Klamath Knot: Explorations of Myth and Evolution, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, winner of the John Burroughs Medal (all available from UC Press).
“Frankly, it is just a darn good read for anyone who enjoys natural history. . . . Highly recommended.” - Choice
“Wallace has succeeded in making the academic entertaining and accessible. . . . A knowing and poetic look at the desert.” - David Cotner, Santa Barbara News-Press
“A fascinating account of the interesting theories that have been propounded about the California desert. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the desert’s unique nature and of its geological and evolutionary past.” - Alan Graham, American Scientist
[An] erudite exploration of the “riddle” of the California desert. . . . Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights. . . .Chuckwalla Land should finally retire the persistent myth of the desert as an environmental and intellectual wasteland.” - Zyzzyva