Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

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"Beautifully written and meticulously researched."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West.
 

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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.
 
Published August 18, 1986 by Penguin Books. 624 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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When archaelogists from another planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may conclude that our temples were dams, says Reisner in this angry, exhaustive and gracefully written account of America's quest to turn the inhospitable, irredeemably dry West into a Garden of Eden.

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Soon, however, it will make more economic sense for the big growers (one of the largest farms in California is owned by Exxon-Mobil) to sell their water rights back to the cities to help provide water for burgeoning populations.

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