Philip Fradkin, 77, whose 13 books often focused on the legacy of environmental destruction in the West and who took aim at what he viewed as the simplification of the region by many in the East, died last Sunday at his home in Point Reyes Station, Calif.
The cause was cancer, according to his wife, Dianne.
Mr. Fradkin grew up in New Jersey and moved to California while in his 20s after becoming enamored of the West during a road trip with his father when he was 14. He went on to explore many major Western themes in his books. One, A River No More: The Colorado River and the West, detailed how water wars, dams, and development devastated that river's natural course.