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Published: 31 August 2006

332 Pages | 28 halftones, 2 maps

ISBN: 9780195313093

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The Battle over Hetch Hetchy

America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

Robert W. Righter

  • "Righter's approach is unfailingly evenhanded and illuminates how the opposing ideologies formed in the Hetch Hetchy fight became the source of future environmental debates."—The New Yorker
  • "The Battle over Hetch Hetchy is something beyond merely the best book anyone has ever written on confluence of canyon, dam, and city that so shaped the story of the modern American West. It is both a well-argued history and a beautifully-written testimony of hubris and loss, even possible redemption. If our places and times really do shape us, Californian Bob Righter was born to write this book. He now joins Pinchot, Muir, Brower as part of its story."—Dan Flores, author of The Natural West
  • "The fight over Hetch Hetchy was a defining moment in the clash between two defining traits of the American West—its abundance of natural beauty and its scarcity of water. Righter's radical retelling of the story requires us to rethink the modern conservation movement from its birth until today."—Elliott West, University of Arkansas

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