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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition Paperback – January 1, 1993

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The definitive history of water resources in the American West, and a very illuminating lesson in the political economy of limited resources anywhere. Highly recommended!

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"Masterful. . .Among the most influential environmental books published by an American since Silent Spring."
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"Essential background reading for anyone who cares about the drought ravaging the West and the region's prospects for changing course before it is too late."
--Mark Hertsgaard, The Daily Beast

"Timely and of national interest. . . . Resiner captures Western water history in Cinemascope and Technicolor. . . . lawmakers, taxpayers, hurry up and read this book."
--The Washington Post  

"The scale of this book is as staggering as that of Hoover Dam. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, it spans our century-long effort to moisten the arid West. . . . Anyone thinking of moving west of the hundredth meridian should read this book before they call their real estate agent."
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"A revealing, absorbing, often amusing and alarming report on where billions of [taxpayers'] dollars have gone-- and where a lot more are going . . . [Reisner] has put the story together in trenchant form."
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  • Publisher : Penguin Books; 2nd edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 582 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0140178244
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0140178241
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Grade level : 12 and up
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions : 8.36 x 5.52 x 1.09 inches
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