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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"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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Intelligent, accurate and well researched. - Goodreads
Wow, this book is hard to read. - Goodreads
An amazing exposition of talent and research. - Goodreads
Difficult to read straight through, but great info. - Goodreads
Combines great history and ecological insights. - Goodreads
Very hard to read without getting totally irate. - Goodreads

Review: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

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I've been wanting to read this year for years, but the drought finally forced my hand. The first half of the book of the book is a bit tedious as the Bureau of Reclamation just moves from one river ... Read full review

Review: Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

User Review  - Abbey Harlow - Goodreads

Didn't finish. Very interesting to learn about the founding of Los Angeles as well as the creation of water, but the "characters" and dramas were so hard to keep track of - I'm going to blame that on the writing. Also he had essentially no citations which I found annoying. 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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