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Building The Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood And The Control Of Water In The West

"A fresh, lucid, original, and important book about the interrelationship of technology, capitalism, and politics". -- Donald J. Pisani, author of To Reclaim a Divided West.

Series: Development of Western Resources

Hardcover: 432 pages

Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 1995)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0700607161

ISBN-13: 978-0700607167

Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #315 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Hydrology #344 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Environmental > Waste Management #460 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Mechanical > Hydraulics

Most water control projects in this country rely on big gravity damns, but in the early 20th century one John S. Eastwood designed dams which minimized the amount of concrete involved. While his designs were less expensive, he faced much opposition from engineers and politicians alike who believed their more fragile appearance would damage public confidence in their durability. Donald Jackson provide insights into dam building history and describes how in this case the illusion of stability strengthened by concrete won over Eastwood's innovative design plans. A 'must' for any collection strong in engineering, conservation, and energy generating issues.

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