The Dreamt Land

The Dreamt Land

Chasing Water and Dust Across California

Book - 2019
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"A vivid, searching journey into California's complicated relationship to its water, from the Gold Rush to today -- an epic story of the struggle to overcome the constraints of nature Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers -- a journalist with deep ties to the land, who has watched as the battles over water have intensified even as the state lurches from drought to flood and back again. In The Dreamt Land he travels the state to explore the century-old water distribution system that is straining to keep up with California's relentless growth. This is a heartfelt, beautifully written book about land and the people who work on it, from the gold miners to the ranchers to the small farmers and today's big ag. Since the beginning, Californians have redirected rivers, drilled ever-deeper wells, and pushed the water supplies past their limits. The Dreamt Land brings to life the enterprising figures who have made a fortune off the land, and used that wealth to increase their leverage, as well as the people who have been left behind. It's a story of politics and hubris, but above all it's about the unceasing human ability to make things happen, and to endure in a hostile environment"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781101875209
Characteristics: viii, 562 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.


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Jan 02, 2020

I liked this book so much that I thought about sending Mark Arax a fan-boy letter. The Dreamt Land blends a hundred years of Central Valley history into a manageable 500-page story of exploitation, dispossession, conniving, and greed, all in the name of achieving the dream. One of the better indictments of industrialization and colonization I’ve read.

Dec 21, 2019

Water and agriculture in California---this is a great primer for further in-depth reading on many of the subjects covered.

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