The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise

Michael Grunwald


The Everglades used to be reviled as a liquid wilderness, and americans dreamed of draining it. Now it's respected as a countrywide treasure, and americans have introduced the most important environmental venture in heritage to attempt to save lots of it.

The Swamp is the beautiful tale of the destruction and attainable resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his exceptional efforts to make amends. Michael Grunwald, a prize-winning nationwide reporter for The Washington Post, takes readers on a riveting trip from the Ice a long time to the current, illuminating the traditional, social and political heritage of 1 of America's so much beguiling yet least understood patches of land.

The Everglades used to be America's final frontier, a wild nation lengthy after the West used to be received. Grunwald chronicles how a chain of visionaries attempted to empty and “reclaim” it, and the way mom Nature refused to bend to their will; within the so much harrowing story, a 1928 storm drowned 2,500 humans within the Everglades. however the military Corps of Engineers eventually tamed the beast with levees and canals, changing part the Everglades into sprawling suburbs and sugar plantations. And even though the southern Everglades was once preserved as a countrywide park, it quickly deteriorated into an ecological mess. The River of Grass stopped flowing, and ninety percentage of its wading birds vanished.

Now the United States wishes its swamp again. Grunwald indicates how a brand new breed of visionaries remodeled Everglades politics, generating the $8 billion rescue plan. That plan is already the blueprint for a brand new world wide period of surroundings recovery. And this booklet is a cautionary story for that period. via gripping narrative and dogged reporting, Grunwald indicates how the Everglades continues to be threatened through an identical hubris, greed and well-intentioned folly that ended in its decline.

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