Rivers of Empire

Rivers of Empire : Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West

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Donald Worster examines the development history of the American West, identifying the elite of technology and wealth who have controlled its most essential resource: water.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 26mm | 621.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195078063
  • 9780195078060
  • 1,522,937

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...classic... * New Internationalist * 'It is of enormous help to those who campaign against giantism in water resource schemes in the developing world ... Worster writes vividly ... much of his material is carefully deconstructed documentation and if the quotations read as larger than life, so were the key actors ... it is for the reviewer (a scientist) to muse, after completing this magnificent and significant text, that the true value of Worster's critique is for all our futures, under scenarios of
climate change and population growth.'
Malcolm Newson, Ecumene 1994
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About Donald Worster

Donald Worster, who won the Bancroft Prize for his book Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s, is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas. He is also the author of The Ends of the Earth, Nature's Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas, and the forthcoming Under Western Skies: Nature and History in the American West.
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