May 29, 2009

Bargaining for Eden

Trimble, a lifelong environmentalist, explores the conflicts between personal desire, politics, and the development of public-use land in this work. He chronicles the efforts of the reclusive billionaire who worked tirelessly to acquire public land for development as a ski resort and host site for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Drawing on extensive information gathered through interviews, Trimble exposes the land-exchange deal that resulted, one of the largest and most controversial in American history. He explains the conflicts and greed involved in political deals such as this one, and bemoans the inneffectiveness of grassroots efforts to put a stop to these political deals. His story becomes personal when he exposes his personal innerconflict about becoming a land owner and developer himself.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America
Stephen Trimble
HD 209 .T75 2008