Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing by Marc Reisner

By Marc Reisner

Newly up-to-date, this well timed heritage of the fight to find and keep watch over water within the American West is a story of rivers diverted and damned, political corruption and intrigue, billion-dollar battles over water rights, and fiscal and ecological catastrophe. Winner of the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award.

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It was a conscious policy decision to underplay the global balance-of-power considerations. Between Truman’s address to Congress in March 1947 and Marshall’s speech at Harvard in June, the Moscow conference of foreign ministers adjourned in recognized failure to make any progress in resolving the EastWest discord over the future of Germany and Austria.  . The picture of Europe was one of mammoth slow-moving crisis. ”32 Secretary of State Marshall reported to the country over the radio that “disintegrating forces are becoming evident.

The Soviets, reported Harriman, had no wish to break with the United States, because they needed our aid for their program of postwar reconstruction, but Stalin would not hesitate to push his political frontiers westward if he felt he could do so without serious political challenge. We had to disabuse Stalin of his illusion of American softness, counseled Harriman. 4 Truman claims to have bought this evaluation and was disposed to follow Harriman’s advice that the way to exert a positive influence on Soviet policy was to be tough with them on specific postwar issues as they arose.

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