Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America / Edition 1

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This heartfelt book investigates the high-profile story of a reclusive billionaire who worked relentlessly to acquire public land for his ski resort and to host the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. In a gripping, character-driven narrative based on extensive interviews, Trimble tells of the land exchange deal that ensued, one of the most controversial in U.S. History, as he deftly explores the inner conflicts, paradoxes, and greed at the heart of land-use disputes from the back rooms of Washington to the grassroots efforts of passionate citizens. We travel with Trimble in a fascinating journey that becomes, in the end, a hopeful credo to guide citizens and communities seeking to reinvent their relationship with the beloved American landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

American Scientist - Susan L. Smith
“A compelling read.”
Boston Globe Book Section - Rick Bass
“The case Trimble makes is well illustrated, and also troubling testimony to the speed with which a birthright is now slipping away.”
Earth Island Journal - Audrey Webb
“Bargaining for Eden often reads like a novel.”
High Uintas Preservation Council - Nick Carling
“A compelling and important book for all of us who are concerned about the future of our remaining open spaces.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520261716
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer, photographer, and naturalist Stephen Trimble has won awards for his nonfiction, his fiction, and his photography, including the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club. His books include The Sagebrush Ocean: A Natural History of the Great Basin, The People:
Indians of the American Southwest, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places
(with Gary Nabhan), and Testimony: Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness (co-compiled with Terry Tempest Williams).

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Table of Contents

Becoming Earl 1

Part I Bedrock

Little America 13

Mountain of Dreams 37

The Prophets of Place 59

Part II The Good Businessman

The Last Resort 69

The Rules of the Game 93

Museum of Improprieties 111

Track Hoe 127

Pneumonia Road 143

Public Trust 161

Part III The Middle-Aged West

Ninety-Nine Seconds 183

Farmers in Eden 189

Crazy Grace 209

Devil's Bargains 229

The Woes of Wayne County 255

Credo: The People's West 281

Notes 285

Acknowledgments 309

Index 313

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