ISBN-10:
0520220668
ISBN-13:
9780520220669
Pub. Date:
04/14/2000
Publisher:
University of California Press
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

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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)

About 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.

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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Stodelay on LibraryThing 8 months ago
So I read this book for a class on Environmental Literature at grad school. I started it in Boise, but didn't get into it for the first 70 pages or so, but then got really hooked. It's a brilliant book, a kind of non-fiction novel of ideas that is well researched, smart, perceptive, and really self-aware. It's essentially two books, the first longer part is about the Nevada test site and the history of nuclear bombs and the United States. The second shorter half presents the buried history of the creation of Yosemite National Park and the horrors the government wrought on the native population in order to produce the myth of virgin wilderness. A really stellar book, but not really light reading.