Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

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Penguin, 1993 - Science - 582 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
A long, well researched book that everyone should read. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mathew Powers - Goodreads

Classic book, so not much I can say about it. It's incredibly researched and the results of his investigation are pretty remarkable. My only complaints with this revolve on his writing style as a ... Read full review

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Just could not get into it. Bailed early. 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
Copyright

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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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