The December Readable: Cadillac Desert - The American West And Its Disappearing Water by Mark Reisner

December 17, 2016

The December Readable: Cadillac Desert - The American West And Its Disappearing Water by Mark Reisner

I’ve always been fascinated by the human need to go places where we don’t belong, even though it quite often ends in disaster. Backcountry skiers who get caught in an avalanche, climbers so high up in the Himalayas they simply run out of air, or sailors caught in a hurricane. We can’t seem to help ourselves, and those are just a couple obvious examples.

But westward expansion is an example of this as well, and on a much larger scale. In Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner details the history of the American effort to obtain, control, and ultimately conquer water in the American West. It’s a tragic story of dams, diversions, aqueducts, political corruption, billions of dollars, water rights, controversy, thievery, deception and both economic and ecological catastrophe.

Cadillac Desert - Marc Reisner

Marc writes about the early settlers first attempts to farm and control the water, Los Angeles brutal strategy to grow the city far beyond a sustainable size, and the epic battle between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation to make the biggest mark on the West.

As someone living in a place that supports far more humans that it was ever meant to, I found this to be essential reading.   Water is our most precious resource, and this book was one of the most important I read this year.    View on Amazon here.

Written by Kyle Barrett, Founder & CEO of Bighorn Apparel





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