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Savage Dreams

A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West

Rebecca Solnit

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Ratgeber / Natur

Beschreibung

"A beautiful, absorbing, tragic book."—Larry McMurtry

In 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.

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us history, environmental thinking, indigenous peoples, national park, american government, cultural studies, hidden wars, governmental power, invisible wars, american history, yosemite national park, politics, power structures, war against the land, nevada testing site, nuclear testing program, great basin, united states of america, landscape theory, tragic, us government, environment, civic, experiments, native americans, history of the west, war, american west, nuclear bombs