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The swamp : the Everglades, Florida, and the politics of paradise (edició 2006)

de Michael Grunwald

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The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. "The Swamp" is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends. Michael Grunwald, a prize-winning national reporter for "The Washington Post," takes readers on a riveting journey from the Ice Ages to the present, illuminating the natural, social and political history of one of America's most beguiling but least understood patches of land. The Everglades was America's last frontier, a wild country long after the West was won. 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 this book is a cautionary tale for that era. Through gripping narrative and dogged reporting, Grunwaldshows how the Everglades is still threatened by the same hubris, greed and well-intentioned folly that led to its decline.… (més)
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Títol:The swamp : the Everglades, Florida, and the politics of paradise
Autors:Michael Grunwald
Informació:New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
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The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise de Michael Grunwald

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Best book on S.Fla. topside and underbelly I've ever read ( )
  paleporter | Aug 27, 2017 |
The history of human intervention into the Everglades, a story of hubris and ecological destruction, where each generation’s idea of management has turned out to be more destructive than that of the generation before. The last few chapters are about attempts to restore (parts of) the Everglades, but those are so bogged down—no pun intended—in politics that it’s more a story of despair as sugar growers and developers continue to come before nature or even natural bulwarks against disasters. I just looked up the news—mass dolphin deaths and out-of-place mangroves, so it hasn’t gotten better. ( )
  rivkat | Apr 16, 2017 |
Explores the geological formation, biological/botanical/zoological attributes, historical settlement, ongoing destruction/attempted restoration, and complicated politics associated with the world's one and only Everglades. A great assemblage of investigative journalism on a subject important to all of us--whether we realize it yet or not. It should be required reading for anyone attempting to purchase a property or business in Florida and every registered voter in that state. Highly recommend. ( )
  dele2451 | Jul 22, 2013 |
Did I ever tell you I fell in love with Florida two years ago? I thought I was too good for it, a ticky-tacky place with no wilds ruled by the Mouse. I avoided Florida all my life until I made the mistake of just-passin'-thru on the way to something else. I was a gone in 30 seconds from that warm, sweet air and the sight of my first palm tree swaying green and shirtless by the exit ramp.
In no time we were downing boilermakers (for when you need to catch up) and necking behind the pinball machine. And much too soon, I found myself doing the flight of shame back to Montreal. But I digress.
One of the enjoyments of reading this book is the names--Okeechobee, Calosahatchee. It's one big Bobby Gentry song. Unfortunately, there are many unbearable facts in this book. The Everglades swamp was a very slow river. It was a vast and delicate water cycle that is now stopped up through drainage projects, dams, canals, invasive plants, agricultural run-off, runaway development etc. As usual, the politics that come up against fixing it are complicated and powerful. The history of this mess is fascinating, sad, and through Grunwald, excellent reading.
Places like the Everglades, recently impenetrable, can give us a false sense of their immortality. This happens with the Far North as well. They are tough environments, but that doesn't mean they're tough. They're really just very well balanced and specialized, which makes them extremely delicate. This book gives a lesson in what's finite, the limits of the everlasting. Odd that a book about a wetland in the south can make me fear for the north. But all of it is finite; greed is not.

Interesting convergence p. 309: under politics
"Al Gore had lambasted Big Sugar in his book, but Alfonso Fanjul was so angry when the vice president endorsed penny-a-pound that he called the White House an hour later to complain. At the time, President Clinton was in the Oval Office telling an intern named Monica Lewinsky that he no longer felt right about their sexual relationship, but he interrupted the breakup to speak to Fanjul for twenty-two minutes.
"I think it's fair to say that tensions were high," Graham recalled." ( )
  dmarsh451 | Apr 2, 2013 |
Excellent history of this unique natural resource. Hard to read about how misguided and pigheaded we humans are when it comes to nature. Well written, especially considering the time span and the vast cast of characters. My only suggestion for improvement: more MAP!!! ( )
  jeanphilli | Apr 29, 2010 |
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The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history to try to save it. "The Swamp" is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends. Michael Grunwald, a prize-winning national reporter for "The Washington Post," takes readers on a riveting journey from the Ice Ages to the present, illuminating the natural, social and political history of one of America's most beguiling but least understood patches of land. The Everglades was America's last frontier, a wild country long after the West was won. 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 this book is a cautionary tale for that era. Through gripping narrative and dogged reporting, Grunwaldshows how the Everglades is still threatened by the same hubris, greed and well-intentioned folly that led to its decline.

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