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

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

by Stephen Trimble
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University of California Press
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Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America / Edition 1

Beginning with an Olympic ski race in northern Utah, this heartfelt book from award-winning writer and photographer Stephen Trimble takes a penetrating look at the battles raging over the land—and the soul—of the American West. Bargaining for Eden 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 largest and 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.
Into this mix, Trimble weaves the personal story of how he, a lifelong environmentalist, ironically became a landowner and developer himself, and began to explore the ethics of ownership anew. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520251113
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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