The River Stops Here: Saving Round Valley, A Pivotal Chapter in California’s Water Wars

Univ of California Press
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A vivid chapter in the saga of the California water wars, The River Stops Here documents state and federal plans to flood the largest, most fertile valley in Mendocino County to send water south to Los Angeles. The eventual success of Richard Wilson, a rancher in Round Valley, to stop the project is the heart of this compelling story.
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Ted Simon is a journalist and the author of several travel books including the international bestseller Jupiter's Travels.

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Univ of California Press
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Jun 1, 2001
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A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
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L’esperienza raccontata da Ted Simon ha ispirato migliaia di centauri tra cui Ewan McGregor, che da questo libro ha tratto la serie televisiva Long Way Round, in cui l’attore insieme a Charley Boorman compie un viaggio intorno al mondo in motocicletta. Partito il 6 ottobre 1973 in sella a una Triumph, Ted Simon ha viaggiato per quattro anni in solitaria attraverso deserti, montagne, oceani e giungle, superando incolume la guerra tra Egittoe Israele, la rivoluzione in Mozambico e in Perù, il fuoco dei cecchini afghani e le carceri brasiliane. È caduto e si è rialzato centinaia di volte grazie alla forza del suo spirito e all’incontro con uomini straordinari. Ritornato in Europa nel 1977, ha raccolto le sue esperienze in questo libro conquistando il cuore di ogni viaggiatore. I viaggi di Jupiter è il testamento spirituale di un uomo che ha avuto il coraggio di abbandonarsi al richiamo dell’avventura, sperimentando la fragilità della vita e al tempo stesso la sua infinita bellezza. 1973 Inghilterra, Francia, Italia, Tunisia, Libia, Egitto, Sudan, Etiopia 1974 Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Rhodesia, Sudafrica, Swaziland, Mozambico, Brasile, Argentina, Cile 1975 Bolivia, Perù, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Messico, Usa, Fiji, Nuova Zelanda, Australia 1976 Singapore, Malesia, Thailandia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal 1977 Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turchia, Grecia, Jugoslavia, Austria, Germania, Svizzera, Francia, Inghilterra «Senza ombra di dubbio il migliore libro di viaggio in motocicletta mai scritto» MOTORCYCLE SPORT «Un racconto lucido e travolgente di un viaggio compiuto, in molte occasioni, a rischio della propria vita» THE NEW YORK TIMES «I viaggi di Jupiter è la Bibbia di ogni motociclista che si rispetti» RIDER
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