A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

by Marc Reisner
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A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate by Marc Reisner

In A Dangerous Place, Marc Reisner, the author of Cadillac Desert, the classic history of the American West and its fatal dependence on water, returns to the subject that never ceased to seduce him: California.

Writing with his signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Reisner leads us through California’s improbable history and rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the achievement of this, the last great desert civilization, hinges on California’s denial of its own inescapable fate. Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, mere prologues to a future cataclysm that will result in destruction of such magnitude that the only recourse will be to rebuild from the ground up. Reisner concludes A Dangerous Place with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of such a disaster and its horrifying aftereffects.

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ISBN-13: 9780679420118
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2003
Pages: 181
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.81(d)

About 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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A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I really enjoyed this book, it was very informative to a non-Californian..I would have given it 5 stars except there was no map showing the Southern California area which is discussed.There is one of the San Francisco Bay area. (paperback version)...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from the library yesterday and finished it this morning. It was very difficult to put down. Even the first portion of the book, which gives a brief overview of the settling of California is interesting. Reisner does a good job of keeping the reader involved, and includes a lot of incredible facts and figures. Even though it was a great book, I didn't give five stars because I wish he would have gone into more detail at the end of the book as to how a large Bay Area earthquake would affect California as a whole for an extended period of time. Also, the wording of some sentences, and some of his word choices are a bit odd. This book is a good read for anyone, and a must read for all Californians. I definately recommend it.