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Cadillac Desert
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Cadillac Desert
The American West and Its Disappearing Water
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"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." —Newsweek
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden—an Eden that may only be a mirage.
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"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." —Newsweek
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden—an Eden that may only be a mirage.
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  • 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.

Table of Contents-
  • Introduction: A Semidesert with a Desert Heart
    Chapter One: A Country of Illusion
    Chapter Two: The Red Queen
    Chapter Three: First Causes
    Chapter Four: An American Nile (I)
    Chapter Five: The Go-Go Years
    Chapter Six: Rivals in Crime
    Chapter Seven: Dominy
    Chapter Eight: An American Nile (II)
    Chapter Nine: The Peanut Farmer and the Pork Barrel
    Chapter Ten: Chinatown
    Chapter Eleven: Those Who Refuse to Learn...
    Chapter Twelve: Things Fall Apart
    Epilogue: A Civilization, If You Can Keep It
    Afterword to the Revised Edition
    Acknowledgments
    Notes and Bibliography
    Index
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 1, 1987
    In this stunning work of history and investigative journalism, Reisner tells the story of conflicts over water policy in the West and the resulting damage to the land, wildlife and Indians. PW stated that this "timely and important book should be required reading for all citizens.''

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