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The Everglades: River of Grass Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press; 60th ed. edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561643947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561643943
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""This beautiful and bitter, sweet and savage book may be recommended not only to all residents and tourists of Florida, but to all readers concerned with American life and the great relations of man to nature.""

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Pittman on March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When activist Joe Browder was trying to round up people to fight a proposed jetport in the Everglades, one of the people he approached was Marjory Stoneman Douglas, whose 1947 bestseller Everglades: River
of Grass had first brought the state's most famous marsh to a national audience. But she demurred. Nobody would listen to some half-blind old lady, the 78-year-old writer said. People only pay attention to organizations.

"Well," Browder retorted, "why don't you start an organization?"

So she did, founding Friends of the Everglades with dues of $1 a year so anyone could join. Douglas not only denounced the jetport, she transformed herself into Florida's environmental conscience. She spent the next 30 years--until her death at 108--fearlessly confronting local, state, and federal officials, wagging her finger at them like Jiminy Cricket in a floppy garden club hat.

Her work stands as an environmental classic par excellence. For a look at Florida's current environmental woes, check out Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (Florida History and Culture)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Tarbox on March 9, 2013
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To be honest, I am having trouble wading through this volume. The writing is, in a word, florid. It's something of a slog. BUT, it is a classic, THE book on the Everglades, and it tells the story of the ways the Everglades were "tamed," as well as, until its publication date, the efforts that were made to save it. There are other books out there that tell the story more concisely and with less emotion (like Grunwald's "The Swamp"), but I'll finish "River of Grass" because I want to have read the first and most celebrated work on the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grandma on March 15, 2012
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Book was very informative, but very technically written. Wish there was a follow-up book to bring it to present day. I do not like history, but really enjoyed this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2011
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While the writing style is a little flowery, the content and the message are excellent and the afterword brings it up to date.
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By Cathleen H. Tuley on December 22, 2013
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This history of the FL Everglades is well written and fascinating. Every FL resident should read it as should all interested in ecology.
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