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Larry Lyon was born in 1947 in Reno, Nevada, and grew up in Reno and Boulder City, Nevada. He completed his B.A. in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and M.S. in experimental psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, both at Washington State University. Since 1979, he has worked in the mental health field in a variety of settings, including nineteen years in private practice in The Dalles, Oregon. He currently works for the Veterans Health Administration in Las Vegas. He resides in Boulder City, Nevada. His book website is

About the Contributors

Denis Wood was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from Western Reserve University with a B.A. in English. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he subsequently taught high school. From 1973 until 1996, he taught environmental psychology and design at the College of Design at North Carolina State University, where he was Professor of Design and Landscape Architecture. Author of The Power of Maps (Guilford Press, 1992), he also curated the award-winning Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design exhibition of the same name (subsequently mounted at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.). With Robert J. Beck, he co-authored Home Rules (The Johns Hopkins University Press, in association with the Center for American Places, 1994) about the transmission of culture that occurs in the process of "living a room." The book was designated one of the top 100 geography books of all time by the Royal Geographical Society. His other book publications include Weaponizing Maps: Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the Americas, with Joe Bryan (Guilford Press, 2015), Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (Siglio Press, 2010; Second Edition, 2013), Rethinking the Power of Maps (Guildford Press, 2010), The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World, with John Fels (University of Chicago Press, 2008); Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, with John Krygier (Guilford Press, 2005; Second Edition, 2011; Third Edition, 2016); Five Billion Years of Global Change: A History of the Land (Guilford Press, 2004); and Seeing through Maps: The Power of Images to Shape Our World View, with Ward L. Kaiser and Bob Abramms (ODT, 2001; Second Edition, 2005). Wood also exhibits his artwork and lectures widely.

Sally Denton, born in Elko, Nevada, in 1953, is a third-generation Nevadan. She attended the University of Nevada-Reno before completing her B.A. at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1974. Denton received a Nannan Literary Grant in 2000, Western Heritage Awards in 2002 and 2004, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in General Nonfiction in 2006. In 2008, she was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her career as an investigative reporter resulted in articles in The Washington Post, Penthouse, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, and American Heritage. Her books include The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs, and Murder, co-authored with Robert Samuel (Doubleday, 1990); The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), which was made into a documentary film broadcast on the History Channel; American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857 (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006); Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Frémont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics, and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America (Bloomsbury, 2007); The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right (Bloomsbury, 2012); and The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Denton currently resides in Boulder City, Nevada, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and her Website is


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