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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised… (original 1986; edition 1993)

by Marc Reisner

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Title:Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition
Authors:Marc Reisner
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1993), Edition: Revised, Paperback
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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner (1986)

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When you finish reading this book, go watch "Chinatown" starring Jack Nicholson.... The book provides the history that illuminates the water wars in southern California, the backdrop to that famous film. ( )
1 vote kday_working | Apr 7, 2013 |
Absolutely essential reading, and entertaining as hell. As true today as when Reisner published it, 25 years back. RIP, Marc. ( )
1 vote mattus | Apr 3, 2013 |
The classic study of the politics behind water in the western US. An incredible work of journalism, history and commentary, that occasionally leaves the reader seething at the cupidity of the Bureau of Reclamation, politicians, agricultural interests -- and us for putting up with them for so long. ( )
  Erwind | Jan 6, 2013 |
A colossal work of investigative journalism focused on the complex and controversial use of the American West's critical water resources. Many humans live and die by the man-made dams in our regions, vacation on the reservoirs they create, and every taxpayer devotes a sizeable chunk of change to their construction, repair, and management, but I dare say that comparatively few of us today give them much thought. Reisner's detailed research would convince just about anyone that we can no longer afford to neglect this important topic and that we must start making plans now to deal with the possible structural compromises and potentially severe shortages (and their associated costs) looming in the not-so-distant future. If you're looking for entertainment, this is not the book, but if you want to understand where your water (plus your food and electricity) are coming from--or where they're going--this book has a lot of the answers. Id' consider this a must-read for civil engineers, water/land/wetland/fishery managers, those in agribusiness, conservationists and environmentalists, plus city and water planners as well as ALL California citizens. ( )
  dele2451 | Sep 14, 2012 |
A classic work on water problems in the American west. It seems a bit daunting by its size, but the writing moves along smoothly, and it really isn't difficult to read...only to carry on in the small size bags they allow on airplanes. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 20, 2011 |
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INTRODUCTION: A Semidesert with a Desert Hear

One late November night in 1980 I was flying over the state of Utah on my way back from California.
CHAPTER ONE: A Country of Illusion

The American West was explored by white men half a century before the first colonists set foot on Virginia's beaches, but it went virtually uninhabited by whites for another three hundred years.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140178244, Paperback)

The definitive history of water resources in the American West, and a very illuminating lesson in the political economy of limited resources anywhere. Highly recommended!

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This history of water rights in the American West focuses on the political corruption and intrigue, including the rivalry between the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.s. Army Corps of Engineers.

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