Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2005


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 15, No. 1, 2005. Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


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."