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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A modern-day David and Goliath tale, The Riverkeepers is an impassioned firsthand account by two advocates who have taken on powerful corporate and government polluters to win back the river they love. John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., report from the frontline of environmental activism, the Hudson River Valley, to tell us how we too can fight and win by reclaiming a ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Scribner Book Company (first published 1997)
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John Findlay
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I should point out that Robert F Kennedy, Jr., son of Bobby Kennedy, is the second author of this book, which "reached me" as few other books do. It is a classic David vs Goliath story in which a grassroots environmental activist movement successfully forced government and corporations to clean up the Hudson River, which they had been polluting for years. GE had dumped PCBs in the river for 30 years, causing the fishing industry to shut down. Other corporations dumped industrial waste clan ...more
Jason Phillips
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent most of my younger years in the Hudson Valley, and the work of the Riverkeepers has made a profound and positive impact on our local environment. The story of how they have stood up to the corporate and government polluters is outlined here and is inspiring.

The real story of The Riverkeepers is outlining why they do what they do - our right to clean air, water, and an unspoiled environment. These are not priviliges, they are rights.

For years, anti-environmental hacks have been trying to
Feb 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Good read, could be classified as an action/adventure story too. I really enjoyed reading stories about how they had to sneak around to gather evidence on polluters, and stand up to big monster tankers from the smaller Keeper. Only thing I didn't like was a few times during Kennedy and Cronin's chapters I felt as though they were self promoting and it came across as a bit self righteous. Not sure how some of it tied into the Riverkeepers. I've met both working also on the Hudson River, and I tho ...more
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environment
Before reading this book, I had never heard of the Riverkeepers. They are an environmental group that works to protect waterways and watersheds in New York state. Reading their story, their strategies and failures, gave me hope for what passionate people (here sportsmen and greens) can accomplish when they work together and provide information to their neighbors.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
I thought of this book in March 2015 while visiting NYC. I recalled that the tap water would be delicious -- and it was. And when a colleague was incredulous that such a large city could have great tap water, I was even able to recall a bit of the store about the well-protected upstate reservoirs that supply the delicious water.
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was okay. The general message of the book is good - little people who stand up for what they believe can make a difference . . . especially if they have good legal representation. Honestly, the book could have been about 10 chapters shorter but maybe I'm just not "green" enough. ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! A little slow at first but it's basically a story of how the Riverkeeper movement got started and all of the struggles they've been through until the early 90's. I would love to see an updated version of what's happened over the last 20 years or so. ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Saw Rpbert Kennedy Jr speak, which prompted me to read this book. A good read, and it got my involvement with the local Riverkeepers started.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: natural-history
they did enormous good, but the hudson river is still screwed. inspiring story.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational reading on what we can do to protect the environment for this and future generations.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that cried out for photos and maps to clarify the activities and struggles of the riverkeepers. Still, very inspiring.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They accomplished a lot using the Clean Water Act, but warn that money continues to be a corrupting influence.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much is still timely today, and having this historical perspective is very helpful in sorting through today and the future.
Gene Edwards
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As impactful as Silent Spring.
Bernard O'Donnell
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read this while staying too warm in Deerfield Beach Florida in February (lucky me) and noting all the plastic trash washing up on the beach. Timely describing the social and political dynamics of the fouling of the planet and our own eventual extinction, even if this book is now twenty-five years old. Can't escape it even on an ocean beach. The polluters are winning and may as well be our indolent selves anasthetized by the best public relations and lawyers that government, industry, and po ...more
Jenna W
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this book sounded promising. It was rather boring. I liked the concept better than the execution. I don't think it has anything to do with the authors. It is most likely a result of the way the book is organized. It felt jumbled and as though it was lacking a clear order. Additionally, like many other books I have read, my review is heavily influenced by the college setting in which I read it and the amount of stress I was in at the time. ...more
Mary Cooney
Passionate and well reasoned rationale on the importance of protecting our waterways
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