Revenge of the Saguaro

By Tom Miller

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Tom Miller's Southwest is a vortex of cockfights and cantinas, of black velvet paintings and tacky bolo ties, of eco-militants, border-crossers, and eccentric characters whose outlook is as spare and elemental as the desert that surrounds them. This is Miller's turf. With wit and insight, he reveals how the clichés of romanticism and capitalism have run amuck in his homeland. When a saguaro cactus outside Phoenix kills its own assassin, it becomes clear that no other guide to the Southwest manifests such a clear moral vision while reveling in the joy of this magnificent land and its people. Originally published by National Geographic as Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink, it received the Gold Award for Best Travel Book in 2000 from the Society of American Travel Writers.

About the Creators

Thumb_bio_tommiller-scaled_copy Tom Miller - Author

Tom Miller is the award-winning author of ten books, including the travel classics On the Border, The Panama Hat Trail, and Trading With the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, and LIFE, among other publications. Miller lives in Arizona. For more information please go to