Hayduke Lives!

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Hayduke Lives!
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First edition
AuthorEdward Abbey
CountryUnited States
GenrePolitical novel
PublisherLittle Brown
Publication date
25 January 1990
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages352 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN0-316-00411-1 (first edition, hardback)
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3551.B2 H39 1990
Preceded byThe Monkey Wrench Gang 

Hayduke Lives!, written in 1989 by Edward Abbey, is the sequel to the popular book The Monkey Wrench Gang. It was published posthumously in 1990 in a mildly unfinished state, as Abbey did not complete revision prior to his death. Thus, the book retains much of its author's unrefined musings.

The Monkey Wrench Gang and Hayduke Lives! have been reprinted numerous times due to their popularity.


Hayduke Lives! picks up several years after the (literal) cliffhanger and escape from the posse at the end of the previous book. It chronicles George Washington Hayduke's return to the deserts of southern Utah and northern Arizona, where he continues the sabotage initiated in The Monkey Wrench Gang under numerous aliases, such as The Green Baron, and Fred Goodsell. The enigmatic "Kemosabe" (a hero from Abbey's first novel, The Brave Cowboy) also makes a reappearance, coming to the aid of Hayduke after his escape from the posse.

For a grand finale, Abbey reunites Hayduke with the outlaw-heroes of The Monkey Wrench Gang as they plan the destruction the world's largest walking dragline excavator (giant earth mover, also called GEM or Goliath, used for surface mining) while combating a greed-ridden Mormon Bishop in another attempt to save the American Southwest from development. The narrative shifts numerous times between characters neglected by the previous book, including Bishop Love, the wives of Seldom Seen Smith and the FBI agents sent to end the sabotage.

Earth First![edit]

While The Monkey Wrench Gang inspired the creation of the movement Earth First!, the latter is cited in Hayduke Lives! (notably in chapters 12, 24 and 27).

In Hayduke Lives!, the people active for Earth First! wear t-shirts and banners with slogans such as:[1]

  • No compromise in defense of Mother Earth!
  • We stand for what we stand on!
  • American wilderness: love it or leave it alone!
  • Goliath go home!
  • See one grand canyon you've seen them all!
  • BLM means bad luck, mother!
  • Caution: land rapers at work!
  • Save our canyons: SOC it to the BLM!
  • Nuke pukes eat carnotite!
  • Radiations is good for who?
  • Down with empire, up with spring!
  • Guns, god, guts and grass, that's what made America great!
  • More elk, less cows!
  • Back to the Pleistocene
  • Dream back the bison, sing back the swan
  • Eschew surplusage
  • Hunt cows, not bears
  • Hunters: did a cow get your elk?
  • Malthus was right
  • Muir power to you
  • Nature bats last
  • Rednecks for wilderness
  • Neanderthal and proud of it!
  • Pay your rent: work for the Earth
  • Walt says: resist much, obey little
  • Think globally ... act locally
  • Subvert the dominant paradigm
  • Hayduke lives!

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Abbey, Hayduke Lives!, chapters 12 and 24.

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