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Marc Reisner

Born: Sep 14, 1948

Death: Jul 21, 2000

Birthplace: Minneapolis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Marc Reisner

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1948
Date of Death : Jul 21, 2000
Birth Place : Minneapolis

Marc Reisner was an American environmentalist and writer best known for his book Cadillac Desert, a history of water management in the American West. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of a lawyer and a scriptwriter, and graduated from Earlham College in 1971. For a time he was on the staffs of Environmental Action and the Population Institute in Washington, D.C. Starting in 1972, he worked for seven years as a staff writer and director of communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York. In 1979 he received an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship, which enabled him to conduct research and write Cadillac Desert, which was first published in 1986. The book was a finalist for both the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award that same year. In 1999, a Modern Library panel of authors and critics included it on a list of the 100 most notable English-language works of nonfiction of the 20th century. It was later made into a documentary film series that premiered nationwide on PBS nationwide in 1997 and won a Columbia University/Peabody Award.


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