The American West

It’s still November, thankfully, and that means another nonfiction post is coming your way. There are three ways to join in this time.

“You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).” This week is hosted by Julie over at JulzReads.
I am by no means an expert, but I do have more than a passing interest in the American West, particularly conservation (think Edward Abbey, John Muir, and Wallace Stegner) and water rights. With the serious and constant redistribution and reallocation of water (not to mention terribly convoluted water rights), the United States would not look remotely as it does today. Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles would never have been able to sustain such high populations, as well as a few other sizeable cities. It’s fascinating (and sometimes devastating) to see how the United States has changed due to modern innovation. These are a few books on that topic that I enjoyed. There are so, so many out there, that if you’re interested, I encourage you to explore beyond this briefest of lists.

All the Wild That Remains // David Gessner
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian // Wallace Stegner
Desert Solitaire // Edward Abbey
Dam Nation // Stephen Grace
Where the Water Goes // David Owen
Water to the Angels // Les Standiford

What are you an expert on? Or do you want to become an expert on a specific topic?

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