This is a history of the American West which recounts one of America's most impressive achievements - the creation of an Eden out of inhospitable desert. "Cadillac Desert" recounts this dramatic saga: from the earliest settlers lured by promises of paradise, to Jon Wesley Powell's advocacy of co-operative irrigation projects; from the ruthless ...
This is a history of the American West which recounts one of America's most impressive achievements - the creation of an Eden out of inhospitable desert. "Cadillac Desert" recounts this dramatic saga: from the earliest settlers lured by promises of paradise, to Jon Wesley Powell's advocacy of co-operative irrigation projects; from the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles to raid watersheds hundreds of miles away to sustain its phenomenal growth, to the federal government's entry into the water business. Reisner offers a bleak portrait of the future the West faces: over the next fifty years, millions of acres of America's most productive farmland will be abandoned due to the exhaustion of groundwater reserves. Reservoirs will silt up and soil and irrigated water is being contaminated by slat - the downfall of nearly every previous desert civilization.
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A truly captivating book. Many find the subject of water scarcity hard to believe but if you visit Hoover dam and the lakes in Nevada, Arizona and Texas you will see the proof. The water is disappearing. A few weeks ago an irregation contractor mentioned another unbelievable term...'water rationing'. Cadillac Desert tells it like it is in a way that makes it hard to put the book down.
Apr 13, 2008
This is a well-researched history written in a highly readable and entertaining manner, in spite of the serious subject: Water usage in the Western US and the Dept. of the Interior's Bureau of Wrecklamation and how they and the US Army Corps of Engineers changed the West, allowing farming and settlement to take placeat great expense to taxpayers (and gross changes to the environment). Lots of good books in Reisner's bibliography, too.
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