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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CADILLAC DESERT: The American West And Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

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When archaelogists from another planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may conclude that our temples were dams, says Reisner in this angry, exhaustive and gracefully written ... Read full review

Cadillac desert: the American West and its disappearing water

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Dams ostensibly provide indispensable economic development through flood control, irrigation, and recreation. Goldsmith and Hildyard, with examples from throughout the world, demolish the common ... 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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