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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Combines great history and ecological insights. - Goodreads
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This is the only book you need to read about dams. If that doesn't sound exciting, it should. Because the author here explores some inflammatory topics, and he does it well. More or less this is the ... Read full review

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Analysis of water use in the west. 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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