A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

3.72 avg rating
( 239 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780142003831: A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

Writing with a signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Marc Reisner leads us through California’s improbable rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the success of this last great desert civilization hinges on California’s denial of its own inescapable fate: Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, a mere prologue to a future cataclysm that will result in immense destruction. Concluding with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of what such a disaster would look like, A Dangerous Place mixes science, history, and cultural commentary in a haunting work of profound importance.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

In "A Dangerous Place, Marc Reisner, the author of "Cadillac Desert, the classic history of the American West and its fatal dependence on water, returns to the subject that never ceased to seduce him: California.
Writing with his signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Reisner leads us through California's improbable history and rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the achievement of this, the last great desert civilization, hinges on California's denial of its own inescapable fate. Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, mere prologues to a future cataclysm that will result in destruction of such magnitude that the only recourse will be to rebuild from the ground up. Reisner concludes "A Dangerous Place with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of such a disaster and its horrifying aftereffects.

From the Back Cover:

“If you are anxious about the safety of American cities, this book may give you a nervous breakdown. Reisner was an uncanny visionary and his testament is this terrifying warning note. It is not for the faint of heart.”
—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear

A Dangerous Place represents an apocalyptic cadenza to Marc Reisner’s lifetime of environmental prophecy. Facing his own end, Reisner—ever the moralist, ever the prophet of choice—invites us to contemplate the inevitable consequences of putting California where we have put it: atop, that is, a subterranean sea of seismic volatility that will one day, inevitably, reassert itself.”
—Dr. Kevin Starr, author of Americans and the California Dream

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Reisner, Marc
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VP-9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Marc Reisner
Published by Penguin Publishing Group, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Publishing Group, United States, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Writing with a signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Marc Reisner leads us through California s improbable rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the success of this last great desert civilization hinges on California s denial of its own inescapable fate: Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, a mere prologue to a future cataclysm that will result in immense destruction. Concluding with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of what such a disaster would look like, A Dangerous Place mixes science, history, and cultural commentary in a haunting work of profound importance. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Marc Reisner
Published by Penguin Publishing Group, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Publishing Group, United States, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Writing with a signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Marc Reisner leads us through California s improbable rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the success of this last great desert civilization hinges on California s denial of its own inescapable fate: Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, a mere prologue to a future cataclysm that will result in immense destruction. Concluding with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of what such a disaster would look like, A Dangerous Place mixes science, history, and cultural commentary in a haunting work of profound importance. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Marc Reisner
Published by Penguin Publishing Group, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Publishing Group, United States, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Writing with a signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Marc Reisner leads us through California s improbable rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the success of this last great desert civilization hinges on California s denial of its own inescapable fate: Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, a mere prologue to a future cataclysm that will result in immense destruction. Concluding with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of what such a disaster would look like, A Dangerous Place mixes science, history, and cultural commentary in a haunting work of profound importance. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Reisner, Marc
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Reisner, Marc
Published by Penguin Books (2004)
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0142003832

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.51
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Reisner, Marc
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0142003832. Bookseller Inventory # Z0142003832ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Reisner, Marc
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0142003832. Bookseller Inventory # Z0142003832ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Reisner, Marc
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0142003832. Bookseller Inventory # Z0142003832ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Marc Reisner
Published by Penguin Group (2004)
ISBN 10: 0142003832 ISBN 13: 9780142003831
New Softcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Group, 2004. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TV9780142003831

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.67
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book