Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West / Edition 1

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Berkeley, CA 2000 Soft Cover First Edition, First Printing Collectible-New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW & Collectible. First published 1994; this is the 2000 re-issue w/an ... Afterword by Rebecca Solnit (1961-) dated 1999. Environmentalist and human rights activist Solnit worked with the Western Shoshone Defense Project in the early 1990s. This book is, in part, a memoir of her experiences in that capacity, and the history behind establishment of the Yosemite Nat'l Park as well as how Nevada became a testing ground for nuclear bombs. Both are national emblems. Eden on the one hand and Armageddon on the other, but linked by both being wars: the first an assault against indigenous natives and the other against the environment. Read more Show Less

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In 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war against the indigenous inhabitants that has yet to come to a real conclusion. A century later—1951—and about a hundred and fifty miles away, another war began when the U. S. government started setting off nuclear bombs at the Nevada Test Site, in what was called a nuclear testing program but functioned as a war against the land and people of the Great Basin. Savage Dreams is an exploration of these two landscapes. Together they serve as our national Eden and Armageddon and offer up a lot of the history of the west, not only in terms of
Indian and environmental wars, but in terms of the relationship between culture—the generation of beliefs and views—and its implementation as politics.

Behind the scenic beauty of the American West is a bloody history of conquest, conflict, and exploitation. Part travelogue, part history, and part literary meditation on the landscape, this book describes in convincing detail how this violent heritage has left the region with many unresolved problems and much ongoing suffering.

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Since 1951, the U.S. has set off more than 900 nuclear explosions at the Nevada Test Site, and recently Yucca Mountain in the state was chosen as a major radioactive waste dump. According to Solnit, an art historian, environmentalist and antinuclear activist, the federal government is hell-bent on rendering public and Shoshone lands ``useless for everyone for all time.'' She explores two federally managed landscapes: the Nevada Test Site, which she characterizes as Armageddon, and California's Yosemite National Park, which she links to Eden. She depicts the latter in its change from native stronghold to war zone during the 19th-century annihilation of Indians to today's tourist attraction. Flinging her net wide, Solnit evokes powerful images of destruction and conquest as she explores governmental abuses in the region. (Oct.)
Solnit (art history, San Francisco Art Institute) offers a first- person account of her expeditions in California and Nevada, focusing on the politics and history of the Nevada Test Site and Yosemite National Park. She explores the connections between the political history of the West and its cultural history, which has been obscured by the reality of the violent past. Solnit weaves the story of the Danns, two Western Shoshone sisters who have fought the US government in an effort to reclaim their ancestral lands, into her narrative. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520220669
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition, With a new afterword
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Solnit is the author of A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland (1997), among other books. She lives in San Francisco.
In 2003, she was awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.

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Table of Contents

New Preface

From Hell to Breakfast
Like Moths to a Candle
April Fool's Day
Lise Meitner's Walking Shoes
Golden Hours and Iron County
Ruby Valley and the Ranch
The War
Keeping Pace with the Tortoise

The Rainbow
Framing the View
Vanishing (Remaining)
Fire in the Garden
The Name of the Snake
Up the River of Mercy
Savage's Grave
Full Circle



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