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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Difficult to read straight through, but great info. - Goodreads
Combines great history and ecological insights. - Goodreads
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THE seminal work on water and the American West. Provides a nuanced, complete, and more than occasionally witty perspective on the last hundred years of water "management" in the region. Endlessly ... Read full review

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The drama behind building dams in the Western US. The characters, the motivation, the conflict. Lots of taxpayer money, lots of subsidies to farmers. Sometimes the cities and their representatives are ... Read full review

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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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