9780472033034

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472033034

  • ISBN10:

    0472033034

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-21
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr

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Summary

"In the days before the Internet, books like Rachel Carson'sSilent Springand Marjorie Stoneman Douglas'River of Grasswere groundbreaking calls to action that made citizens and politicians take notice.Mirageis such a book." St. Petersburg Times "Never before has the case been more compellingly made that America's dependence on a free and abundant water supply has become an illusion. Cynthia Barnett does it by telling us the stories of the amazing personalities behind our water wars, the stunning contradictions that allow the wettest state to have the most watered lawns, and the thorough research that makes her conclusions inescapable. Barnett has established herself as one of Florida's best journalists andMirageis a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the state." Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau Chief,MiamiHerald "Mirageis the finest general study to date of the freshwater-supply crisis in Florida. Well-meaning villains abound in Cynthia Barnett's story, but so too do heroes, such as Arthur R. Marshall Jr., Nathaniel Reed, and Marjorie Harris Carr. The author's research is as thorough as her prose is graceful. Drinking water is the new oil. Get used to it." Michael Gannon, Distinguished Professor of history, University of Florida, and author ofFlorida: A Short History "With lively prose and a journalist's eye for a good story, Cynthia Barnett offers a sobering account of water scarcity problems facing Floridaone of our wettest statesand the rest of the East Coast. Drawing on lessons learned from the American West,Mirageuses the lens of cultural attitudes about water use and misuse to plead for reform. Sure to engage and fascinate as it informs." Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Arizona, and author ofWater Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters Part investigative journalism, part environmental history,Miragereveals how the eastern half of the nationhistorically so wet that early settlers predicted it would never even need irrigation

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