Cadillac Desert
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Cadillac Desert

  • Author : Marc Reisner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 582
  • ISBN 10 : 0140178244

Cadillac Desert Book Description :

Details the achievements of creating a desert civilization and projects on the future problems of limited groundwater reserves, silting up of reservoirs, and contamination of soil

Cadillac Desert
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

Cadillac Desert

  • Author : Marc Reisner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1993-06-01
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 1440672822

Cadillac Desert Book Description :

"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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Study Guide for Mark Reisner s  Cadillac Desert  The American West and its Disappearing Water

A Study Guide for Mark Reisner s Cadillac Desert The American West and its Disappearing Water

  • Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 21
  • ISBN 10 : 9781410342270

A Study Guide for Mark Reisner s Cadillac Desert The American West and its Disappearing Water Book Description :

A Study Guide for Mark Reisner's "Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Nonfiction Classics for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Nonfiction Classics for Students for all of your research needs.

Water is for Fighting Over

Water is for Fighting Over

  • Author : John Fleck
  • Publisher : Island Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610916790

Water is for Fighting Over Book Description :

"Illuminating." --New York Times WIRED's Required Science Reading 2016 When we think of water in the West, we think of conflict and crisis. Yet despite decades of headlines warning of mega-droughts, the death of agriculture, and the collapse of cities, the Colorado River basin has thrived in the face of water scarcity. John Fleck shows how western communities, whether farmers and city-dwellers or U.S. environmentalists and Mexican water managers, actually have a promising record of conservation and cooperation. Rather than perpetuate the myth "Whiskey's for drinkin', water's for fightin' over," Fleck urges readers to embrace a new, more optimistic narrative--a future where the Colorado continues to flow.

Where the Water Goes
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Where the Water Goes

  • Author : David Owen
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-04-11
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698189904

Where the Water Goes Book Description :

An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes. The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico border where the river runs dry. Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on. The story Owen tells in Where the Water Goes is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert —and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.

Freshwater Issues

Freshwater Issues

  • Author : Zachary Alden Smith
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN 10 : 9781576076491

Freshwater Issues Book Description :

Provides an introductory essay; biographies of activists, legislators, and advocates; a chronology of events, legislation, and movements; a directory of organizations; and a listing of print and nonprint resources.

Dam Nation

Dam Nation

  • Author : Stephen Grace
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2013-05-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780762785872

Dam Nation Book Description :

In the scramble to claim water rights in the West during the fevered days of early emigration and expansion, running out of water was rarely a concern, and the dam building fever that transformed the West in the 19th and 20th centuries created a map of the region that may be unsustainable. Throughout the arid American West, metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver need water. These cities are growing, but water supplies are dwindling. Scientists agree that the West is heating up and drying out, leading to future water shortages that will pose a challenge to existing laws. Dam Nation looks first to the past, to the stories of the California gold rush and the earliest attempts by men to shape the landscape and tame it, takes us to the “Great American Desert” and the settlement of the west under the theory that "rain follows the plow," and then takes on the ongoing legal and moral battles in the West. Author Stephen Grace, is a novelist, a storyteller, and the author of several non-fiction books on Colorado. He weaves the facts into a compelling narrative that informs, entertains, and tells an important story.

Score: 3
From 16 Ratings


  • Author : Elizabeth Royte
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2011-01-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 1608196631

Bottlemania Book Description :

Second only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we're hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we're drinking. In this intelligent, accomplished work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from distant aquifers to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? How much should we drink? Should we have to pay for it? Is tap safe water safe to drink? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What happens to all those plastic bottles we carry around as predictably as cell phones? And of course, what's better: tap water or bottled?

Savages   Scoundrels

Savages Scoundrels

  • Author : Paul VanDevelder
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-04-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300142501

Savages Scoundrels Book Description :

The author of Coyote Warrior demolishes myths about America’s westward expansion and uncovers the federal Indian policy that shaped the republic. What really happened in the early days of our nation? How was it possible for white settlers to march across the entire continent, inexorably claiming Native American lands for themselves? Who made it happen, and why? This gripping book tells America’s story from a new perspective, chronicling the adventures of our forefathers and showing how a legacy of repeated betrayals became the bedrock on which the republic was built. Paul VanDevelder takes as his focal point the epic federal treaty ratified in 1851 at Horse Creek, formally recognizing perpetual ownership by a dozen Native American tribes of 1.1 million square miles of the American West. The astonishing and shameful story of this broken treaty—one of 371 Indian treaties signed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—reveals a pattern of fraudulent government behavior that again and again displaced Native Americans from their lands. VanDevelder describes the path that led to the genocide of the American Indian; those who participated in it, from cowboys and common folk to aristocrats and presidents; and how the history of the immoral treatment of Indians through the twentieth century has profound social, economic, and political implications for America even today. “[A] refreshingly new intellectual and legalistic approach to the complex relations between European Americans and Native Americans…. This superlative work deserves close attention…. Highly recommended.”—M. L. Tate, Choice “The haunting story stays with you well after you have turned the last page.”—Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia