Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 1993 - Technology & Engineering - 608 pages
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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.
  

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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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User Review  - Holly Bik - Goodreads

3 stars because this book was (at times) SO dense, and also because it offers a notably dated outlook on the water situation in the American West. I learned a lot about this history of water rights ... Read full review

Contents

A Semidesert with a Desert Heart
1
A Country of Illusion
15
The Red Queen
52
First Causes
104
An American Nile I
120
The GoGo Years
145
Rivals in Crime
169
Dominy
214
An American Nile II
255
The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel
306
Chinatown
332
Those Who Refuse to Learn
379
Things Fall Apart
435
A Civilization if You Can Keep It
477
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

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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