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Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water

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"Beautifully written and meticulously researched.""St. Louis Post-Dispatch." This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 582 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised and Updated ed.
  • w. photo plates and 2 maps.
  • 0140178244
  • 9780140178241
  • 94,280

About Marc Reisner

Marc Reisner worked for many years at the Natural Resources Defense Council. His Cadillac Desert was a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. He died in 2000.show more

Review Text

"Masterful. . .Among the most influential environmental books published by an American since Silent Spring ." --San Francisco Examiner "Essential background reading for anyone who cares about the drought ravaging the West and the region's prospects for changing course before it is too late." --Mark Hertsgaard, The Daily Beast "Timely and of national interest. . . . Resiner captures Western water history in Cinemascope and Technicolor. . . . lawmakers, taxpayers, hurry up and read this book." --The Washington Post "The scale of this book is as staggering as that of Hoover Dam. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, it spans our century-long effort to moisten the arid West. . . . Anyone thinking of moving west of the hundredth meridian should read this book before they call their real estate agent." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A revealing, absorbing, often amusing and alarming report on where billions of [taxpayers'] dollars have gone-- and where a lot more are going . . . [Reisner] has put the story together in trenchant form." --The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: A Semidesert with a Desert Heart Chapter One: A Country of Illusion Chapter Two: The Red Queen Chapter Three: First Causes Chapter Four: An American Nile (I) Chapter Five: The Go-Go Years Chapter Six: Rivals in Crime Chapter Seven: Dominy Chapter Eight: An American Nile (II) Chapter Nine: The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel Chapter Ten: Chinatown Chapter Eleven: Those Who Refuse to Learn... Chapter Twelve: Things Fall Apart Epilogue: A Civilization, If You Can Keep It Afterword to the Revised Edition Acknowledgments Notes and Bibliography Indexshow more

Review quote

"Masterful. . .Among the most influential environmental books published by an American since Silent Spring." --San Francisco Examiner  "Essential background reading for anyone who cares about the drought ravaging the West and the region's prospects for changing course before it is too late." --Mark Hertsgaard, The Daily Beast "Timely and of national interest. . . . Resiner captures Western water history in Cinemascope and Technicolor. . . . lawmakers, taxpayers, hurry up and read this book." --The Washington Post   "The scale of this book is as staggering as that of Hoover Dam. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, it spans our century-long effort to moisten the arid West. . . . Anyone thinking of moving west of the hundredth meridian should read this book before they call their real estate agent." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch  "A revealing, absorbing, often amusing and alarming report on where billions of [taxpayers'] dollars have gone-- and where a lot more are going . . . [Reisner] has put the story together in trenchant form." --The New York Times Book Review  show more