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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 corruptions and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. 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. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West.

Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning exposé and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of Eden—an Eden that may be only a mirage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A revealing, absorbing, often amusing, and alarming report.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Cadillac Desert is timely and of national importance. Hurry up and read this book.”

    Washington Post

  • “Masterful…Among the most influential environmental books published by an American since Silent Spring.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Beautifully written and meticulously researched.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “[This] timely and important book should be required reading for all citizens.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Cadillac Desert describes serious, perhaps fatal threats to the miraculous desert civilization of the West…Take[s] effective aim at the vested interests that perpetuate unsound water resource development.”

    Library Journal

  • “When archaelogists from another planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may conclude that our temples were dams, says Reisner in this angry, exhaustive and gracefully written account of America’s quest to turn the inhospitable, irredeemably dry West into a Garden of Eden…Not the first book on the subject, but one of the best.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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