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

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

by Rebecca Solnit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520220668

ISBN-13: 9780520220669

Pub. Date: 04/14/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520220669
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/14/2000
Edition description:
First Edition, With a new afterword
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
New Preface

DUST, OR ERASING THE FUTURE: THE NEVADA TEST SITE
From Hell to Breakfast
Like Moths to a Candle
April Fool's Day
Trees
Lise Meitner's Walking Shoes
Golden Hours and Iron County
Ruby Valley and the Ranch
The War
Keeping Pace with the Tortoise

WATER, OR FORGETTING THE PAST: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
The Rainbow
Spectators
Framing the View
Vanishing (Remaining)
Fire in the Garden
The Name of the Snake
Up the River of Mercy
Savage's Grave
Full Circle

Afterword
Sources

Index

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