Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West Paperback – 21 Mar 2000
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"The product of a stunningly original and expansive imagination, "Savage Dreams ties together the histories of Yosemite National Park and the Nevada Test Site . . . to illuminate the political stakes of how we think about, and act upon, the landscape."--"SF Weekly
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"A beautiful, absorbing, tragic book. . . . Rebecca Solnit tells this story with the passion and clarity it deserves."Larry McMurtry
The product of a stunningly original and expansive imagination. Savage Dreams ties together the histories of Yosemite National Park and the Nevada Test Site to illuminate the political stakes of how we think about, and act upon, the landscape. "SF Weekly"
"Savage Dreams summons us to the campfires of resistance."Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz
"Savage Dreams is about many things: despoliation and restoration, finding a voice between contemporary noise and silence, making friends and enemies. Most of all, though, it may be about a journey into history: about how understanding history and making it are not really very different."Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces
"A wonderful and important book, weaving past and present, politics and spirituality, land and history, pleasure and outrage, esthetics and activism, into a map where we as Americans find ourselves today. Intellectually challenging but beautifully written and eminently readable, Savage Dreams has both heart and teeth." Lucy Lippard, author of Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I picked this book up off a bargain table, and months later happened to take it with me when I was visiting Yosemite without knowing 1/2 the book was about Yosemite. That was kind of a thrill.
Solnit's historical and writing skills, her ability to build a world stage of activity and its interconnectedness with her narrative are extraordinary.
As a landscape artist and photographer, I find this book to be a great resource. Understanding the history of Yosemite is frankly consciousness shifting.
As the other reviewer says, nuclear weapons are our oyster.
Indians, big bangs, Central Park, Fremont and the Heart of Darkness. How about that.
A second reading, which I just did, underlines the beautiful and clear descriptive prose.
It's a wonderful book. Judging from the reviews, it completely bewilders and scares those who are unfamiliar with the Christian faith and who think all this stuff is pagan. (The Christian church is the primary holder of the pagan traditions. But don't get me started...)
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