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Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West

Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West

  • Title: Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West
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  • ISBN : 9781568587486
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  • Page : 292 pages


An epic struggle over land, water, and power is erupting in the American West and the halls of Washington, DC It began when a 4,000 square mile area of Arizona desert called Black Mesa was divided between the Hopi and Navajo tribes To the outside world, it was a land struggle between two fractious Indian tribes to political insiders and energy corporations, it was a div An epic struggle over land, water, and power is erupting in the American West and the halls of Washington, DC It began when a 4,000 square mile area of Arizona desert called Black Mesa was divided between the Hopi and Navajo tribes To the outside world, it was a land struggle between two fractious Indian tribes to political insiders and energy corporations, it was a divide and conquer play for the 21 billion tons of coal beneath Black Mesa Today, that coal powers cheap electricity for Los Angeles, a new water aqueduct into Phoenix, and the neon dazzle of Las Vegas.Journalist and historian Judith Nies has been tracking this story for nearly four decades She follows the money and tells us the true story of wealth and water, mendacity, and corruption at the highest levels of business and government Amid the backdrop of the breathtaking desert landscape, Unreal City shows five cultures colliding Hopi, Navajo, global energy corporations, Mormons, and US government agencies resulting in a battle over resources and the future of the West.Las Vegas may attract 39 million visitors a year, but the tourists mesmerized by the dancing water fountains at the Bellagio don t ask where the water comes from They don t see a city with the nation s highest rates of foreclosure, unemployment, and suicide They don t see the astonishing drop in the water level of Lake Mead where Sin City gets 90 percent of its water supply.Nies shows how the struggle over Black Mesa lands is an example of a global phenomenon in which giant transnational corporations have the power to separate indigenous people from their energy rich lands with the help of host governments Unreal City explores how and why resources have been taken from native lands, what it means in an era of climate change, and why, in this city divorced from nature, the only thing powerful than money is water


Author Judith Nies

Judith Nies is the award winning author of three nonfiction books The Girl I Left Behind, Nine Women, and Native American History, which won the Phi Alpha Theta prize in international history Her journalism, book reviews, and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Orion, Harvard Review, Women s Review of Books, and American Voice She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.




Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West Reviews (27)

  • Indians having land stolen from them for mineral rights just don t sound right Actually this type of systematic rape has gone on for years Oh and by the way, Vegas is the asshole of the world Summed up that book quick enough I love it when someone has the brass nuts to expose the corruption that sit [..]

  • I give it 5 stars, even though it repeats things now and then, and presents technology and climate change with an anti technology bias from the 1970s There is no quantifiable link between CO2 and the warming of the climate Coal mining and dams are the price of large populations with advanced economi [..]

  • Roberta Blackgoat, recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr Human Rights Award, was a sheep herder and mother living in the remote high elevation interior of the Navajo Nation in the late 1960s She brought to the world s attention the government s forced relocation of her and many others for strip min [..]

  • Interesting but boring The history and connections between the destruction of the environmental and subjugation of native peoples, and big business and politics are fascinating and things everyone should know Unfortunately the author is a little too excited about his connections and goes off on some [..]

  • Well Researched I choose four stars because at some points the author tended to ramble, but I learned so much I couldn t possibly give it less Very informative, touching on history, geography, politics, culture, you name it As a result of reading this book I am concerned than ever about the state o [..]

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