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People born after the 1970s may not be aware of the Teton Dam collapse, but it was another case of total disregard for many, many expert warnings of disaster in the rush to build something big and impressive. Here's kind of a cheesy documentary clip describing the incident [1], but the book Cadillac Desert [2] goes into some detail if you're curious.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdOGPBnfoKE

[2] http://www.amazon.com/Cadillac-Desert-American-Disappearing-...




FWIW, there is a four-hour PBS style documentary based on the book. This book is the most prescient thing about the biggest issue ( multiply prescience by the size of the issue and it sorts to the top ) I probably will ever read.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Desert_%28film%29




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