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Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

Title Cadillac Desert
Author Marc Reisner
Publisher Penguin
Release 1993-06-01
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 672
ISBN 1440672822
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

"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. This edition includes a new postscript by Lawrie Mott, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.

Title 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 2016
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 21
ISBN 1410342271
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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.

Title Common property Arrangements and Scarce Resources
Author Edward Barbanell
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release 2001
Category Nature
Total Pages 178
ISBN 9780275971731
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Different kinds of resources require different property regimes. This is the central thesis of Barbanell's indepth analysis of the factual and philosophical issues surrounding water resources and water use in the American West. He argues that a regime of common ownership is a conceptually sound and politically viable alternative for this critically scarce resource.

Savages Scoundrels by Paul VanDevelder

Title Savages Scoundrels
Author Paul VanDevelder
Publisher Yale University Press
Release 2009-04-21
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0300142501
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

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

Mortgaging the Earth by Bruce Rich

Title Mortgaging the Earth
Author Bruce Rich
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-06-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 388
ISBN 1134167253
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

This critique of World Bank operations examines the effects of this organization on the societies in which it operates. Highly critical of the Bank's practices in its 50 years of operation, the author demonstrates how the Bank has become virtually unaccountable and a law unto itself. He describes how the Bank has supported oppressive regimes and loaned money to support large projects which have displaced local populations. He argues further that the Bank's current policies of structural adjustment are arresting the development of Third World countries.

Coyote Warrior by Paul Van Develder

Title Coyote Warrior
Author Paul Van Develder
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2007-10-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 336
ISBN 0316030686
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

A Civil Action meets Indian country, as one man takes on the federal government and the largest boondoggle in U.S. history -- and wins.

Title Advances in Agriculture Research and Application 2012 Edition
Publisher ScholarlyEditions
Release 2012-12-26
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 1323
ISBN 1464990859
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Advances in Agriculture Research and Application / 2012 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Agriculture. The editors have built Advances in Agriculture Research and Application / 2012 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Agriculture in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Advances in Agriculture Research and Application / 2012 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at

Title Reading Aridity in Western American Literature
Author Jada Ach
Publisher Lexington Books
Release 2020-12-14
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 308
ISBN 1793622027
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In literary and cinematic representations, deserts often betoken collapse and dystopia. Reading Aridity in Western American Literature offers readings of literature set in the American Southwest from ecocritical and new materialist perspectives. This book explores the diverse epistemologies, histories, relationships, futures, and possibilities that emerge from the representation of American deserts in fiction, film, and literary art, and traces the social, cultural, economic, and biotic narratives that foreground deserts, prompting us to reconsider new, provocative modes of human/nonhuman engagement in arid ecogeographies.

Beyond Chinatown by Steven P. Erie

Title Beyond Chinatown
Author Steven P. Erie
Publisher Stanford University Press
Release 2006
Category Political Science
Total Pages 364
ISBN 9780804751407
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Examines the history of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, from its obscure 1920s-era origins, through the Colorado River Aqueduct and State Water Projects, to today's daunting mission of drought management, water quality, environmental stewardship, and post-9/11 supply security. Simultaneous.

Good Water by Kevin Holdsworth

Title Good Water
Author Kevin Holdsworth
Publisher University Press of Colorado
Release 2016-02-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 192
ISBN 1457197553
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

"In essays that combine memoir with biography of place, Kevin Holdsworth creates a public history of the land he calls home: Good Water, Utah. The high desert of south-central Utah is at the heart of the stories he tells here—about the people, the “survivors and casualties” of the small, remote town—and is at the heart of his own story.Holdsworth also explores history at a personal level: how Native American history is preserved by local park officials; how Mormon settlers adapted to remote, rugged places; how small communities attract and retain those less likely to thrive closer to population centers; and how he became involved in local politics. He confronts the issues of land use and misuse in the West, from the lack of water to greed and corruption over natural resources, but also considers life’s simple pleasures like the value of scenery and the importance of occasionally tossing a horseshoe.Good Water’s depiction of modern-day Utah and exploration of friendships and bonding on the Western landscape will fascinate and entice readers in the West and beyond."