The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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WW Norton

New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award

"Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative.… Egan’s book is bursting with life (and yes, death)." —Robert Moor, New York Times Book Review

The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.



Baker & Taylor
An award-winning journalist traces the scientific, historical and ecological factors that are endangering the Great Lakes, discussing the late-19th century's effort to connect the lakes to the Atlantic, which unexpectedly introduced invasive species from the natural world.

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc.,, 2017
ISBN: 9780393246445
0393246442
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Edazed
May 13, 2018

Very good read.

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jonny_9
May 09, 2018

The saddest thing is that our governments don't appear to have learnt anything.. the writer also writes as if the Great Lakes belong to just them. This book would, could, should, be required reading for all members of government who deal with the watersheds and lakes. It would be of great benefit to us all.
This book, for me, was mind blowing. How about highschool students mandatory reading and discussion as well?

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red_dog_14987
Mar 30, 2018

People need to remember that our environment is the most important issue when they vote this fall.
For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency cuts funding by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — an Obama-era plan for dealing with pervasive pollution in the world’s biggest surface freshwater system — and a similar program for Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary.

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bookie66
Mar 08, 2018

Incredible story and wake up call to the challenges facing our water systems.

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EmilyEm
Feb 17, 2018

A 'Milwaukee Sentinel Journal' reporter with years covering the Great Lakes writes a readable history of unintended consequences that have spread invasive species into watersheds all over the country.

Egan brings history to life. Alewives, zebra mussels, Asiatic carp have all made and continue to make news. I’ve known of the infamous reversal of the Chicago River, but had not read of how it and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway have had dire consequences for the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. So many conflicting priorities, so many consequences. Essential reading for Great Lakes lovers to gain more knowledge and perspective. Well done.

tscpl_JennyJ May 23, 2017

I had no idea of the ecological struggles within the waters of the Great Lakes. Shocking story
of invasive species and the destruction of an ecosystem.

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tmarent1
Apr 11, 2017

Fascinating read. Could not put this book down.

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