A Story That Stands Like a Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West

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Traces the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, describes the controversy surrounding its environmental impact, and discusses its impact on the West

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Russell Martin is an award-winning author whose books include OUT OF SILENCE and MATTERS GRAY AND WHITE, as well as the forthcoming BEETHOVEN'S HAIR. He has been visiting assistant professor of English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs since 1985 and lives with his wife in southwestern Colorado.

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Completed in 1963, the Glen Canyon Dam is a symbol of the conflict between progress and preservation which dogs virtually every Western water project. Fledgling conservation organizations, particularly the Sierra Club, organized public opposition to the dam, which provided water to six dry Western states but also flooded out some beautiful canyon lands. Martin puts the dam project into historical perspective and presents a balanced review of its benefits and liabilities. He also discusses the dominant personalities on both sides of the conflict: the Sierra Club's David Brower, Federal Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Floyd Dominy (two men John McPhee profiled in Encounters with the Archdruid , Farrar, 1971), and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. A good choice for the public policy collections of public and academic libraries, this book is especially relevant for Southwestern libraries.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.
Norristown P.L., Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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