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Author: Marc Reisner Narrator: Lawrie Mott, Francis J Spieler, Kate Udall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781504766319
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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

  • “The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.”


  • “A revealing, absorbing, often amusing and alarming report on where billions of [taxpayer’s] dollars have gone—and where a lot more are going…[Reisner] has put the story together in trenchant form.”

    Gladwin Hill, 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

  • “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.”

    Daily Beast

  • “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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About the Author

Marc Reisner (1948–2000) was, in Jim Harrison’s words, “in the upper echelon of those defending the environment with conscience, intelligence, and energy.” Born in St. Paul, Reisner was a staff writer for the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1972 to 1979, and received the Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 1979 to investigate water resources in the West. His book Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

About the Narrators

Lawrie Mott is a biochemist, environmental activist and the widow of author Marc Reisner. She lives in California.

Francis J Spieler is an actor and literary agent in New York.

Kate Udall is an experienced stage, television, and film actress. She has starred in numerous Broadway and off Broadway plays, including The Waves and Night of the Iguana. Her television credits include appearances on Law & Order and Blue Bloods. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in New York City.