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Bob Gress, director or the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, provides, an extraordinary set or photographs for this coffee-table book. The text is by Paul Johnsgard, emeritus professor or biology and the author or more than forty books. A color map on page xiv showing the distributions or grassland types follows the recent trend toward limiting the shortgrass prairies to regions south or the Nebraska-South Dakota state line. The opening sentence defies the common perception or the Great Plains as simply "flyover" country and sets the tone for the text: "Few geographic regions or North America offer a greater capacity for the imagination to run free rein than the Great Plains."