Savage Dreams - Rebecca Solnit

From the “sketchy shade” of oaks to the wider expanses with their “successive waves of culture, battles, heroes, and real-estate developers,” this classic on the American West gives you the forest and the trees—or, rather, the desert and the lush woodland, the Armageddon and the Arcadia of national myths. Reissued on its 20th anniversary, Solnit’s second book blends vivid nature writing with a strong social conscience, producing a powerful work along the lines of writing by Thoreau and Muir—predecessors Solnit references, reveres, and argues with. As passionate as she is rational, Solnit exposes the catastrophic history of the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. military dropped hundreds of atomic bombs—“rehearsing the end of the world over and over.” By the same token, Yosemite, treasured as a piece of pristine nature, in fact has a long and complex pre-European history that is all but erased in the official image.

Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520282285
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Published: University of California Press - June 6th, 2014