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Opening Goliath by Cary Griffith
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Apr 16, 10

Read in April, 2010

Caves are really freakin' cool.

That indisputable fact alone makes this a thoroughly engaging read. And Griffith has a flare for telling a tale, a knack for building suspense as he guides you through the near-death experiences of those who probe the unknown recesses of the earth.

What Griffith doesn't do well is hide his obvious friendship and sympathy for certain people involved in the controversy of how best to preserve and protect fragile underground resources. His embarrassingly obvious man-crush on caver John Ackerman blinds him to Ackerman's arrogance and recklessness in drilling man-made entrances into some of the most inaccessible caves in Minnesota and Iowa. He barely acknowledges a rather important question: isn't it possible we're not SUPPOSED to be going in to these places, and that's why they're so hard to get to?

Still, I learned a great deal about caves and cave exploration in this book, and enjoyed the ride as I was doing so.

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