Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

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Penguin, 1993 - History - 582 pages
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Newly updated, this timely history of the struggle to discover and control water in the American West is a tale of rivers diverted and damned, political corruption and intrigue, billion-dollar battles over water rights, and economic and ecological disaster. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Photos.
  

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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  - 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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User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Full of interesting facts but reads like a biased editorial 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
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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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