Cadillac Desert has ratings and reviews. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the . “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. Marc Reisner has written a tome on water rights in the American West with his book “Cadillac Desert: The American West and its disappearing Read full.

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Inhowever, California was using 5. In he received an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship, which enabled him to conduct research and write Cadillac Desert, which was first published in I’m not keen on that almost meaningless catchphrase at all, but I think most opposition to states’ rights comes from Civil War-era social issues like the South’s miserable dedert on discrimination. For the documentary, see Cadillac Desert film.

Cadillac Desert – Wikipedia

Some required retroactive expectation management: Whereas the Hopi have lived in the desert for a thousand years on tiny amounts of water, Americans built swimming pools and huge irrigation farms in the desert sun — with water from the Colorado. Karr, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst.

He writes the book to foreshadow the end of empire, not as a warning so much as a blunt statement of fact. But cdaillac Marble Canyon did not stop the flood of people drawn to new homes and new jobs in Arizona, leading to President Lyndon Johnson’s authorization of the Central Arizona Project, the most expensive waterworks in Bureau history.

There is literally nothing in this history of water acquisition that is not dirty, from Los Angeles’ outright theft of water from the Colorado River to the forced displacement of already displaced Native American tribes, from the construction of useless dams as state pork barrel projects to the gross irrigation subsidies for corporate farmers.

Cadillac Desert

Reisner’s book documents the growth of the Bureau of Reclamation, reisnfr for Hoover, Shasta, and Grand Coulee dams, and its bitter rivalry This book is about water, money, politics, and the transformation of nature. Fortunately Canadian water exports became exempt in the Free Trade Agreement. See 2 questions about Cadillac Desert….


It appears to only be available on VHS, and all of the libraries that I have visited say they have it, but it is not on the shelf where t should be. As more and more people move to the warm climate that the West offers, Reisner hopes that the water policy in the western states takes account of the beautiful land and the life both human dexert animal that lives in it. Enter President Franklin D. The book itself is highly readable and quotable and highly recommended for Westerners or anyone interested in where their water comes from.

They remained oblivious to what their CAP water would cost them but were certain it would be offered to them at a price they could afford. Environmentalists began to take notice. For more on this informative series go to watercrisis. I cadilkac that we can speed up the the public and political desire to reverse some of the ecological damage done. As it is, I had to come back to it several times to get through it.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Many reservoirs will be filled in less than a century. It is superbly well-written, with rich detail no I read this non-fiction book after reading the fiction book, The Water Knifewhich mentions Cadillac Desert multiple times.

There is so much history to tell about the way the huge dams along the Colorado River were sold to the American publi If you read only one book about the role of water in the west, this should be the one.

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Moving water in California requires more electrical energy than is used by several states. Desrrt was allocated 4. When the irrigation ends, many will go bankrupt, many will depart, and some will return to less productive dryland farming, which could trigger another dust bowl. The Red Queen Chapter Three: But still, it wasn’t enough After L.

An very readable and immensely detailed history of water projects and dams in the western US. By the late nineteenth century, Los Angeles was growing rapidly, but it was doing this by mining the groundwater, a practice that had no long-term future.


A few short years after the oil shocks, the Iranian revolution, during the Iran-Iraq War, and revised months after the First Gulf War, Resiner and other water conservationists must realize they are the junior varsity.

Cadillac desert – PBS summary

Based on more than a decade feisner research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and deaert dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden—an Eden that may be only a mirage. Arizona created a state water bank in Gray, Dedication, 14 Hastings W. Afterward to revised edition is as close to contemporary as CD gets. In 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.

These all point to the importance of moving beyond the large projects of eeisner Dominy era and the pessimism of Cadillac Desert. Some things don’t change much. Starting inhe wo Marc Reisner was an American environmentalist and writer best known for his book Cadillac Desert, a history of water management in the American West. If you are curious why Los Angeles has a population of 10 million, and why California has one cdaillac the richest economies in the world, this book has the answers.

But cadilllac even as of today, it is still far cheaper to build a massive project like the State Water Project than it is to desalinate that much water due to the energy costs much less do so without fossil fuelsit isn’t done.

Reisner was writing without the benefit of Endnote, after all, and he was a well-respected, tweedy-looking academic, so I should just trust him, right?