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Phoenix - Further reading
Further reading on Phoenix
The history of the city is given in Phoenix: The History of a Southwestern Metropolis, by Bradford Luckingham; Phoenix, Valley of the Sun, by Wesley Johnson Jr; and Phoenix in the Twentieth Century, edited by Johnson.
Roadside Geology of Arizona, by Halka Chronic, is a good, well-illustrated guide for the curious non-geologist. Geology of Arizona by Dale Nations and Edmund Stump is a more technical overview of the state's rocks, sediments and crustal creeping.
Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide, by John N Carr, lists scores of places to see wildlife and rates the likelihood of seeing the most important species at specific sites.
The best introduction to the region's Native Americans is the Southwest volume (volume 9) of the Handbook of North American Indians.
Two books trace the settlements of various Native American groups around Phoenix: Archaeology in the City: A Hohokam Village in Phoenix, Arizona, by Michael Bartlett and Thomas Kolaz; and The Historic Archaeology of Heritage Square, by Mark Hackbarth.
Those Who Came Before, by Robert & Florence Lister, is an excellent, readable source of information about the archaeological sites of the national parks and monuments of the Southwest.
The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America: The Desert States, by Michael Durham, is a beautifully illustrated guide to the historic sites of the region.
Other ethnic groups are the focus of Bradford Luckingham's Minorities in Phoenix: A Profile of Mexican American, Chinese American, and African American Communities, 1860-1992.
Tell your postmodern from your Pueblo with A Guide to the Architecture of Metro Phoenix, by the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Phoenix also has a major role in Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale.