Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

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Penguin, Jun 1, 1993 - Technology & Engineering - 608 pages
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"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." --Newsweek

The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage.


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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

A year later, I've given CD a second read and must, finally, award it the 5th star (for whatever that's worth) that it so deserves. One of the most scathing, witty and instructive books of political ... Read full review

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User Review  - br77rino - LibraryThing

A little preliminary pq I'm not even halfway done, but this is a great, well-researched history of the water wars that were touched on in the Jack Nicholson movie "Chinatown." Fascinating stuff about ... Read full review

Contents

PENGUIN BOOKS
CHAPTER ONE A Country of Illusion
CHAPTER TWO The Red Queen
CHAPTER THREE First Causes
CHAPTER FOUR An American Nile
CHAPTER FIVE The GoGo Years
CHAPTER SIX Rivals in Crime
CHAPTER SEVEN Dominy
CHAPTER NINE The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel
CHAPTER TEN Chinatown
CHAPTER ELEVEN Those Who Refuse to Learn
CHAPTER TWELVE Things Fall Apart
EPILOGUE
Afterword to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgements
INDEX

CHAPTER EIGHT An American Nile II

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About the author (1993)

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. He was also the author of Game Wars: The Undercover Pursuit of Wildlife Poachers and A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate. Resisner died in 2000.


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