A Dangerous Place
  • Author : Marc Reisner
  • Release Date : 27 July 2004
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 13 : 0142003832
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Download or read book entitled A Dangerous Place written by Marc Reisner and published by Penguin Books online. This book was released on 27 July 2004 with total pages 208. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.