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"The book is both ambitious and largely successful. Wiley and Gottlieb paint a fairly grim picture of manipulation by government and influential private interests of the mighty resources of the Southwest, from water to the labor force."--Journal of Arizona History
"A valuable interpretation of the modern Southwest."--Arizona and the West
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Two investigative reporters look at the unique problems in the desert west of Utah, Colorado, California and Arizona. Specific cities (SLC, Denver, Vegas, SF and LA, Phoenix) have their own chapters. The most telling thing about the book is that since it was written things have only gotten worse.