According to Amazon, Newsweek says this is “The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.” Altho I agree with that statement, this book (first published in 1993) stands for much more in my book. If you want to take a preview of some of its conclusions, watch the 1974 movie “Chinatown” starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Mr. Reisner does a superb and very detailed examination of how water is divided, diverted, and used in the American West. He talks about the history, and why things happened as they did, plus the effects of the choices made. If you want to understand the battles to come between the states, or the border states with both Mexico and Canada, about getting access to sufficient fresh water, read this book. If you’d like to understand more about the fight between agriculture and the big cities about water, read this book. If you want to have more background about why we now have huge wildfires in California, read this book. It’s definitely worth your time.