"In the times earlier than the web, books like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas' River of Grass have been groundbreaking calls to motion that made electorate and politicians take observe. Mirage is this type of book."
—St. Petersburg Times
“Never sooner than has the case been extra compellingly made that America’s dependence on a loose and considerable water offer has develop into an phantasm. Cynthia Barnett does it via telling us the tales of the fantastic personalities in the back of our water wars, the lovely contradictions that permit the wettest nation to have the main watered lawns, and the thorough examine that makes her conclusions inescapable. Barnett has verified herself as one in every of Florida’s top reporters and Mirage is a must-read for someone who cares in regards to the way forward for the state.”
—Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau leader, Miami Herald
“Mirage is the best normal research up to now of the freshwater-supply concern in Florida. Well-meaning villains abound in Cynthia Barnett’s tale, yet so too do heroes, equivalent to Arthur R. Marshall Jr., Nathaniel Reed, and Marjorie Harris Carr. The author’s examine is as thorough as her prose is sleek. ingesting water is the recent oil. Get used to it.”
—Michael Gannon, unique Professor of heritage, collage of Florida, and writer of Florida: a quick History
“With energetic prose and a journalist’s eye for a great tale, Cynthia Barnett deals a sobering account of water shortage difficulties dealing with Florida—one of our wettest states—and the remainder of the East Coast. Drawing on classes discovered from the yankee West, Mirage makes use of the lens of cultural attitudes approximately water use and misuse to plead for reform. bound to interact and fascinate because it informs.”
—Robert Glennon, Morris ok. Udall Professor of legislations and Public coverage, college of Arizona, and writer of Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the destiny of America’s clean Waters
Part investigative journalism, half environmental heritage, Mirage unearths how the japanese half the nation—historically so rainy that early settlers envisioned it is going to by no means even desire irrigation—has squandered quite a bit of its considerable freshwater that it now faces shortages and conflicts as soon as certain to the arid West.
Florida’s parched swamps and supersized residential advancements set the level within the first ebook to name awareness to the regular disappearance of freshwater within the American East, from water-diversion threats within the nice Lakes to tapped-out freshwater aquifers alongside the Atlantic seaboard.
Told via a colourful solid of characters together with Walt Disney, Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens, Mirage ferries the reader throughout the key water-supply concerns dealing with the United States and the globe: water wars, the politics of improvement, inequities within the fee of water, the bottled-water undefined, privatization, and new-water-supply schemes.
From its calamitous beginning scene of a sinkhole swallowing a home in Florida to its concluding meditation at the dating among water and the yankee personality, Mirage is a compelling and well timed portrait of the use and abuse of freshwater in an period of swiftly vanishing common resources.