Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald

I now know a whole lot about the history of Florida and the utter mess we have made of the Everglades. This book chronicles the push for land reclamation at the turn of the century that started the decline of the Everglades. It also highlights the various colorful personalities on both sides of this environmental war. Of equal interest is the political war that has been waged that has made forward movement almost impossible and resulted in wasting billions of dollars. Although most of the book cannot report much good news, in the past few years there has been a bipartisan effort made that has caused some progress to have been made in saving a small part of this unique swamp.

This is a hefty book that dragged a bit at times but overall was an interesting and entertaining read.

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