The Far Side of Eden by James Conaway
New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley

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In the tradition of his New York Times bestseller, Napa, James Conaway picks up the story he began a decade ago. The Far Side of Eden offers "a fascinating look at the political side of the wine revolution that put California's Napa Valley on the world map" (Miami Herald). Now, Conaway reveals, Napa is awash in dollars generated by the boom economy and the social ambitions it inspired. The valley is beset by new arrivals determined to have vineyards of their own and by cult-wine producers in thrall to fabulously expensive "rocket juice" (cabernet sauvignon) that few locals can afford - while established families wish to hold on to the old ways, and camp followers get caught up in the glamour of it all.
Conaway, long known for his controversial, compulsively readable social reporting, here "indicts the wave of new-money millionaires from Silicon Valley, who have brought with them gaudy displays of wealth -- building so-called 'McMansions' and planting 'vanity vineyards'" (Los Angeles Times). "A cautionary tale . . . [with] a seductive pull" (San Francisco Chronicle), The Far Side of Eden takes us to the frontlines of America's ongoing conflicts over money, land, and power to tell a story that has ramifications for us all.

About James Conaway

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JAMES CONAWAY is the author of the nonfiction bestseller Napa: The Story of an American Eden and its sequel, The Far Side of Eden. He is the author of two novels, The Big Easy and World’s End, and a book of travel essays titled Vanishing America. Conaway has written for multiple magazines, among them National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Gourmet.
Published August 21, 2003 by Mariner Books. 396 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Conaway's sketches of the personalities involved—a bouillabaisse of wealthy honchos, countercultural trust-fund folk, local politicos, environmentalists, old winemakers and new—can be wicked, but he tries to present a relatively fair picture of their concerns and circumstances as they jockey for ...

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"If Napa Valley can't be saved, no place can," says the county planner, and Conaway's second volume on one of the wealthiest enclaves in America echoes this sentiment, picking up where his first (Napa: The Story of an American Eden) left off, with some overlap.

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