Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

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Penguin, 1993 - Science - 582 pages
"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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User Review  - Steve_Walker - LibraryThing

A recent op-ed piece, by a NASA scientist, stated that California has only enough water to sustain the population for one year. In the mean time the drought goes on. In order to understand what led to the problem of water in the west, read this book. It is an eye-opener. Read full review

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What this actually is is a chronicle of the history of the Bureau of Reclamation, and the constant flouting of federal rules that its leaders allowed in the name of advantaging certain large ... 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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