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Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. Paperback – April 21, 2008
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Ms. Barnett is also the author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis, which articulates a water ethic for America. Blue Revolution was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Ms. Barnett's author persona "part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist." The Los Angeles Times writes that she "takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness."
Her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read.
Ms. Barnett has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Discover magazine, Salon, Politico, Orion, Ensia and many other publications. Her numerous journalism awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting and eight Green Eyeshades, which recognize outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states.
She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and master's in American history with a specialization in environmental history, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying freshwater. She teaches environmental journalism at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications in Gainesville, where she lives with her family.
For more information, visit the author's website at www.cynthiabarnett.net.
Top Customer Reviews
Water scarcity is not your problem, right? Let all those fools moving to Florida, Texas, California and Nevada worry whether FEMA will have to roll into towns during the next drought and pass out bottled water. You can still turn on your grass sprinkler and catch fish in the local pond without worry.
If that's where you are when it comes to water, Cynthia Barnett has news for you -- someday Las Vegas and Miami will be coming for your water, too. And they'll set their sights on draining your fish pond dry.
If you're already in Florida and can't understand why water bills are going up in a subdivision surrounded by water-soaked scenery, Barnett has some tough love for you, too.
Reading Mirage will open your eyes. Barnett's writing is so (pardon the pun) fluid that even the most unsophisticated novice will come away with the ability to confidently explain why bottled "spring" water may actually be less safe to drink than what comes out of your kitchen tap.
The book is a must read for Floridians. It uses the state -- an extreme example of water policy gone bad -- to instruct readers in the basics tenents of environmental protection and why it matters to everyone. Why should Floridians care if Atlanta suburbanites water their lawns? Because in a drought the rivers that begin in Georgia won't have enough water to feed Florida's bays down stream. And without the perfect freshwater/saltwater balance at the outlet to the Gulf of Mexico, valuable shellfish are completely wiped out. Suddenly there's an economic problem, too.Read more ›
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This book was recommended to me by Jerry Bullard, a north Floridian. I live in south Florida--not the same aquifer but overused and under restored. Read morePublished 7 months ago by barbara V Meade
The book is in perfect conditions and the prices is good for this quality. I'm enjoying the reading too.Published 12 months ago by Yasmin Morales
It will open your eyes to the water wars likely to happen in the future. And please - if nothing else - reconsider using ANY bottled water ever again. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P. Lynn
In her book "Mirage" Barnett's clever use of imagery and drama in her storytelling, reflects the true tale of political drama surrounding water. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Water Woes
I pulled out and read Cynthia's last book MIRAGE before attending my first Florida State Audubon Conference. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Susanne Derby
Cynthia Barnett takes readers on a journey through Florida via its rivers, lakes and springs, to show us firsthand the impact of man's actions on these natural gems. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Jim McClellan
This is a very well written book full of great information. It's a little depressing given that once again it shows our elected officials care less about the general public and the... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Sharkl