"In the times sooner 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 voters and politicians take realize. Mirage
is any such book."
— St. Petersburg Times
“ by no means sooner than has the case been extra compellingly made that the USA’ s dependence on a unfastened and considerable water offer has turn into an phantasm. Cynthia Barnett does it by way of telling us the tales of the fantastic personalities at the back of our water wars, the lovely contradictions that permit the wettest kingdom to have the main watered lawns, and the thorough study that makes her conclusions inescapable. Barnett has proven herself as considered one of Florida’ s top newshounds and Mirage is a must-read for somebody who cares concerning the way forward for the state.”
— Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau leader, Miami Herald
“ Mirage is the best normal research to this point 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 writer’ s study is as thorough as her prose is swish. consuming water is the hot oil. Get used to it.”
— Michael Gannon, special Professor of heritage, collage of Florida, and writer of Florida: a brief History
“ With full of life prose and a journalist’ s eye for an exceptional tale, Cynthia Barnett deals a sobering account of water shortage difficulties dealing with Florida— certainly one of our wettest states— and the remainder of the East Coast. Drawing on classes discovered from the yank West, Mirage makes use of the lens of cultural attitudes approximately water use and misuse to plead for reform. certain 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 the US’ s clean Waters
Part investigative journalism, half environmental background, Mirage finds how the japanese half the kingdom— traditionally so rainy that early settlers anticipated it can by no means even want irrigation— has squandered rather a lot of its considerable freshwater that it now faces shortages and conflicts as soon as targeted to the arid West.
Florida’ s parched swamps and supersized residential advancements set the degree within the first ebook to name consciousness 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 forged of characters together with Walt Disney, Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens, Mirage ferries the reader throughout the key water-supply matters dealing with the USA and the globe: water wars, the politics of improvement, inequities within the cost of water, the bottled-water undefined, privatization, and new-water-supply schemes.
From its calamitous commencing 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 speedily vanishing traditional resources.