Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- 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 later1951and 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 culturethe generation of beliefs and viewsand its implementation as politics.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition, With a new afterword|
|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
DUST, OR ERASING THE FUTURE: THE NEVADA TEST SITE
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
Keeping Pace with the Tortoise
WATER, OR FORGETTING THE PAST: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Framing the View
Fire in the Garden
The Name of the Snake
Up the River of Mercy
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.