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Battling the Inland Sea: American Political Culture, Public Policy, and the Sacramento Valley, 1850-1986 Hardcover – June 13, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 395 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (June 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520064879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520064874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of late historians have become increasingly interested in the vast re-ordering of the environment involved in the creation of America. Nowhere was this more true than in the Sacramento Valley where re-ordering edged into folly. Battling the Inland Sea is a powerful evocation of the losses and gains involved in battling the mighty Sacramento River. But more than this, it is an exploration of the national will as it sought to rearrange nature herself with such mixed results. Here is history dealing with the most elemental forces of land, water and engineering as they are shaped by public policy. Here is the profound drama of value and symbol which occurs when Americans come into conflict with forces over which they can exercise, as Robert Kelley shows, only the most transitory and pyrrhic victories." (Kevin Starr, author of the Americans and the California Dream)

About the Author

Robert Kelley is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of The Shaping of the American Past and several other highly esteemed books.

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A masterful work. This book provides a lifetime of understanding the power of nature versus the arrogance of man. The History of California flood control is presented with its good intentions, and it's disastrous failures.
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