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Savage dreams : a journey into the hidden wars of the American West

Author: Rebecca Solnit
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war that has yet to come to a real conclusion. A century later and about a hundred and fifty miles away as the crow flies, another war began when the U.S. government began setting off nuclear bombs at the Nevada Test Site, in what was called a nuclear testing program but functioned as a war against the land and people of the Great Basin. Savage
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Solnit, Rebecca.
Savage dreams.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©1994
(OCoLC)607845315
Online version:
Solnit, Rebecca.
Savage dreams.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©1994
(OCoLC)624457514
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Solnit
ISBN: 0871565269 9780871565266
OCLC Number: 29878306
Description: xiii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Rebbeca Solnit.
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In 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war that has yet to come to a real conclusion. A century later and about a hundred and fifty miles away as the crow flies, another war began when the U.S. government began setting off nuclear bombs at the Nevada Test Site, in what was called a nuclear testing program but functioned as a war against the land and people of the Great Basin. Savage Dreams is an exploration of these two landscapes, the arid and forbidden expanse of the Nevada Test Site, and the celebrated, crowded landscape of Yosemite National Park. Together they serve as our national Eden and Armageddon, though their real histories complicate the meanings of such mythical places.

Savage Dreams is a story about civil disobedience, landscape painting and photography, Indian wars, place names, Henry David Thoreau, many heroines, a few conquistadors, Adam and Eve in and out of Paradise, physicists, country music, nuclear fallout, gardens, storytelling, walking, traveling, home and friendship.

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