Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

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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.

A study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water that covers more than a century of desert reclamation in the American West.

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Overview

"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.

A study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water that covers more than a century of desert reclamation in the American West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140178241
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 100,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Semidesert with a Desert Heart Chapter One: A Country of Illusion Chapter Two: The Red Queen Chapter Three: First Causes Chapter Four: An American Nile (I)
Chapter Five: The Go-Go Years Chapter Six: Rivals in Crime Chapter Seven: Dominy Chapter Eight: An American Nile (II)
Chapter Nine: The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel Chapter Ten: Chinatown Chapter Eleven: Those Who Refuse to Learn...
Chapter Twelve: Things Fall Apart Epilogue: A Civilization, If You Can Keep It Afterword to the Revised Edition Acknowledgments Notes and Bibliography Index

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    Cadillac Desert: A Vehicle for Change

    A humorous narrative exposing the haphazard development of the American West, Cadillac Desert leaves no river undammed. From the journeys of early explorers to the government policies of yesteryear, Marc Reisner cunningly avoids producing another academic source denouncing water consumption throughout the world. Easy to read and simple to follow, the personalities of various characters throughout the region's history bring the story of deteriorating water resources alive. By describing the ascendancy of the American West despite constant conflict over fading water supplies, Reisner casts doubt upon the sustainability of current water demands. Through a wealth of information and knowledge, Reisner's Cadillac Desert demonstrates the diverse perceptions people hold and have held about water resources in the American West. Overall, Reisner's comical nature and ability to create compelling perspectives lightens the mood of this already depressing topic of dwindling, scarce resources. Both thought provoking and eye opening, Cadillac Desert is a must read for any environmentally cognizant citizen of the twenty first century.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    Captivating

    This book is beyond outsanding. Richly anotated with references. Filled with historical figures and what they did, and didn't do, with regards to water development. A great segment has Jimmy Carter enjoying life in a canoe going down the rapids of a river. A must reading for those interested in dams, rivers, and salmon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Highly recomended!

    I bought the book as a required textbook for a class, but I read it cover to cover because it is the best account of the history of water in the west that I have ever read. It is the first book that made me put away my Kindle since I have owned my Kindle!

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Exhaustive and Informative

    The scope of research involved in "Cadillac Desert" is breathtaking. Highly readable, informative, scary. Shows government doing what government does best: serving itself with little or no regard for people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    An exellent history of the American West and the origins of corporate agri-buisness welfare.

    A highly readable factual history about the real California and what has been done with it. In depth and full of real life characters, this book should be assigned reading to all US history students to learn the start of federal corporate subsidy. While not as grand in scope as 'The Prize' or in depth as 'The Reckoning', 'Cadilac Desert' deserves its place among Pulitzer Prize winners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    Exceptional Summary of Western American History

    'A Country of Illusion', the second chapter that recounts the history of Western American settlement, should be required reading of every high school student in America. This book is humorous, compelling and critical of us all for our past and present greed and thoughtlessness

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