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The Swamp by Michael Grunwald
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Dec 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

The Everglades seem part of the American imagination, but maybe that is that just because I can still remember that hokey television program about “the man on patrol in the Everglades.” Anyway, Grunwald’s book tells the strange story of the complete reversal in attitudes about the Everglades from “drain them” to “preserve them.” It also captures the strange conundrum of trying to save something that people already think has been saved. After reading this book, it is hard to believe that the ecological balance will be fixed in Southern Florida. The book does a nice job of capturing the politics that brought both political parties together around an $8 billion proposal that seems unlikely to solve the real problems. Depressing and fascinating.

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