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The Everglades was America's last frontier, a wild country long after the West was won. In this book Michael Grunwald chronicles how a series of visionaries tried to drain and "reclaim" it and how Mother Nature refused to bend to their will; in the most harrowing tale, a 1928 hurricane drowned 2,500 people in the Everglades. But the Army Corps of Engineers finally tamed the beast with levees and canals, converting half the Everglades into sprawling suburbs and sugar plantations. And though the Southern Everglades was preserved as a national park, it soon deteriorated into an ecological mess. The River of Grass stopped flowing, and 90 percent of its wading birds vanished.

Now America wants its swamp back. Grunwald shows how a new breed of visionaries transformed Everglades politics, producing the $8 billion rescue plan. That plan is already the blueprint for a new worldwide era of ecosystem restoration. And The Swamp is a cautionary tale for that era. Through gripping narrative and dogged reporting, Grunwald shows how the Everglades is still threatened by the same hubris, greed, and well-intentioned folly that led to its decline.

©2006 Michael Grunwald (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Grunwald brings the zeal of his profession - and the skill that won him a Society of Environmental Journalists Award in 2003 - to this enthralling story." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great listen

I learned so much about the Everglades ecosystem and history of environmental activism. Highly recommend!

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This is not Jiminy Cricket's river

The performance is pretty good, but there is one enormous flaw. Adam Verner pronounces the Kissimmee River as if it were the Kissiminy River. He adds a syllable, "in," so that it rhymes with Jiminy Cricket's first name. Kiss-IM-ee does not have an "in" in it. Since the Kissimmee River is the headwaters of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, the name is ubiquitous in the book, and the strange mispronounciation gets more and more annoying each time it is used.

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Better come take a look at the Everglades more they're gone

I live near the Everglades and this book really opened my eyes. Mandatory reading for those who care