I just finished reading a great book by John McPhee---Encounters With The Archdruid. It is the brief story of David Brower. For anyone on the fence about saving the West, this book will really confuse you. (I know where I stand.)

Now I am trying to finish reading The Story Of Inyo by W.A.Chalphant before I head up to the Inyo Mountains next weekend. Chalphant wrote his book in the early part of the 1900's publishing the version I am reading in 1933. His father came west in 1949 with one of the parties that started out with those who first tried to cross Death Valley.
So, yes, he knows the history of Inyo.