Savage Dreams A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West

ISBN-10: 0520282280
ISBN-13: 9780520282285
Edition: 20th 2014
Authors: Rebecca Solnit
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Description: "A beautiful, absorbing, tragic book."—Larry McMurtryIn 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war against the indigenous inhabitants. A century later–in 1951–and a hundred and fifty miles away, another war began when the  More...

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List price: $26.95
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"A beautiful, absorbing, tragic book."—Larry McMurtryIn 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war against the indigenous inhabitants. A century later–in 1951–and a hundred and fifty miles away, another war began when the U.S. government started setting off nuclear bombs at the Nevada Test Site. It was called a nuclear testing program, but functioned as a war against the land and people of the Great Basin.In this foundational book of landscape theory and environmental thinking, Rebecca Solnit explores our national Eden and Armageddon and offers a pathbreaking history of the west, focusing on the relationship between culture and its implementation as politics. In a new preface, she considers the continuities and changes of these invisible wars in the context of our current climate change crisis, and reveals how the long arm of these histories continue to inspire her writing and hope.

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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