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Marc Reisner

Marc Reisner

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Environmental writer and advocate, Marc Reisner was born in 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is best known for Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986), a book describing the role of water rights and water use in the history and development of the Western United States. Modern Library selected Cadillac Desert as one of the top 100 best nonfiction English-language books of the 20th century. The book was a National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist (1886) and PBS aired it as a four part documentary (1997). Reisner partnered with The Nature Conservancy and served as a staff writer and communications director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in New York. Additional publications include Game Wars (1990) and Overtapped Oasis (1990). Reisner continued his activism and writing until his death in California in July 2000. His last book A Dangerous Place (2004) was published posthumously

  • Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.  New York: Viking, 1986.
  • Reisner, Marc, with Sarah Bates. Overtapped Oasis: Reform or Revolution for Western Water. Washington, D.C: Island Press, 1990.
  • Reisner, Marc. Game Wars: The Undercover Pursuit of Wildlife Poachers. New York: Viking, 1990.
  • Reisner, Marc. A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate. New York: Penguin, 2004.


Updated: July 9, 2021