Cadillac desert: the American West and its disappearing water

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Irrigation - 582 pages
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Cadillac Desert recounts the relentless quest to control the American West's most precious resource--water--and traces this dramatic saga from the earliest settlers to the Federal Government's entry into the water business.

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Intelligent, accurate and well researched. - Goodreads
Difficult to read straight through, but great info. - Goodreads
Fascinating, eye opening, educational and maddening. - Goodreads
Combines great history and ecological insights. - Goodreads
A long, well researched book that everyone should read. - Goodreads
this book is so well researched! - Goodreads

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An excellent book to learn about the politics and water wars of the American Southwest. Some eye-openers if you're not familiar with the backstory Read full review

Review: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

User Review  - Jason Roth - Goodreads

Another must read for all westerners. Vital history regarding water development, corruption, and bureaucracy in the arid lands of the west. Often a dry (no pun intended) read that bounces around ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

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.

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