A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

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Pantheon Books, 2003 - History - 181 pages
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In "A Dangerous Place, Marc Reisner, the author of "Cadillac Desert, the classic history of the American West and its fatal dependence on water, returns to the subject that never ceased to seduce him: California.
Writing with his signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Reisner leads us through California's improbable history and rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the achievement of this, the last great desert civilization, hinges on California's denial of its own inescapable fate. Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, mere prologues to a future cataclysm that will result in destruction of such magnitude that the only recourse will be to rebuild from the ground up. Reisner concludes "A Dangerous Place with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of such a disaster and its horrifying aftereffects.

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Review: A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

User Review  - Gary Godefroy - Goodreads

I much preferred Reisner's minor classic, Cadillac Desert, a history of water exploitation in the western US This book is mostly an expose of the earthquake "menace" in California and the author's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawn Thrasher - Goodreads

Scared the shit out of me. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Marc Reisner worked for many years at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 1979, he received an Alicia J. Patterson Journalism Fellowship and began the research for Cadillac Desert, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee, the subject of a PBS television series, and was included in the Modern Library's list of the Twentieth Century's 100 Best Nonfiction Books in English. He was also the author of Game Wars. Reisner died in 2000.

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