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The RIVERKEEPERS: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right Paperback – April 13, 1999


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (April 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068484625X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684846255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1960s the Hudson River, under threat from polluters and energy concerns but beloved by its shoreline residents and local fishermen, became one of the United States' first major environmental battlegrounds. Out of those early legal wrangles emerged some important environmental legislation, and also the Soundkeeper organization, with a mandate to fight for the health of this historic New York river.

This book reveals something about the organization, and even more about the history of the Hudson and environmentalism in America, from John Winthrop to Newt Gingrich, and quite a bit, too, about the upbringings--glamorous (who'd have thought keeping a pet seal in your swimming pool would lead to activism?) and not-so-unusual--of its authors. Promising early chapters sketch out the exploitation of the river by industry and describe some of its colorful champions. (One of the most interesting here is Robert H. Boyle, the writer of a seminal account of the Hudson, The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History, who comes off as a hero.) A terrific final section explains in accessible terms the basis for environmental law in the founding of our country. In between, this book sometimes falters under the weight of too much information. You can't fault these writers for the work they've done, or for the scattered gems of thoughtful information on the modern environmental movement, which make this book worth reading. Just be prepared to pick through some irrelevancies (did Bobby Shriver really bring a leopard tortoise home for Robert Kennedy Jr. from Kenya in a suitcase?) to get to the heart of this unusual book. --Maria Dolan

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Former Hudson River commercial fisherman Cronin became an environmental activist when he saw that his river was too polluted to fish and founded Riverkeepers, of which Kennedy is chief prosecuting attorney. Here they tell the story of Riverkeepers' battle against environmental offenders.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This a most enlightening book, superbly written, difficult to put down.
Plankie
The real story of The Riverkeepers is outlining why they do what they do - our right to clean air, water, and an unspoiled environment.
Jasphil
Please read this book...it will shake the sleep from your eyes and spur you on to make a difference in this world.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Plankie on August 4, 2004
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I bought this book thinking it would offer a profile of environmental activism that could be turned into action by others- I wanted to see how they did what they did. This I got, but also much more. This a most enlightening book, superbly written, difficult to put down. You get not only a history of environmental activism on the Hudson River, but a brief history of same in the U.S., complete with philosophical underpinnings. If you don't know how corporations act in the U.S., or how government complicity coddles them, read this book. If you THINK you know, read this book. If you are at all concerned about your rights as a citizen, and how they relate to the environment, read this book! An important, gripping work, at once hopeful and dismaying- and certainly inspiring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jasphil on April 18, 2005
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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 convince us that to be for the environment is to be anti-property rights, anti-growth, and, as Rush Limbaugh calls us, "wackos." The Riverkeepers points out that these people are motivated by at best a misunderstanding of the issues, and at worst motivated by pure profit.

To be an environmentalist, The Riverkeepers points out, is to be for the very essence of American democracy: the rights of the people to stand up and protect our children, property, livelihoods, and future. The Riverkeepers will not only inspire you, it will make you feel at home in your caring for the environment, by showing you your place in the traditions and philosophy behind the environmental movement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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This is a terrific book about the beginnings of environmental activism in this country. I read with glee the detailed description of the downfall of Con Ed's Storm King project on the Hudson River--the case that opened up the courts to environmentalists for the first time in history. The book also piqued my interest in Bob Boyle and his writings. My one criticism is that I would like to have seen maps of the Hudson River scattered throughout the text, since I wasn't familiar with all the locations mentioned. And some photos would have made it more interesting. Otherwise, it's an inspiring and informative environmental treatise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.A. Sweeney on October 2, 2002
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The RIVERKEEPERS is the most important book written in the last 15 years on the modern environmental law movement. This is the story of the battle for control of America's vital resources (i.e., water, air, and fishes,) that sustain life in this country. These resources belong to the PEOPLE, but are being taken away by large-scale private interests. This is the story of the people of New York's forty year fight to take back THEIR blessed Hudson River. If you want cleaner water and a purer democracy, you must read this book, and then go out and fight for OUR rivers. God Bless America's Rivers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missnorth on April 2, 2004
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Cronin and Kennedy offer a hopeful and reasonable approach to environmentalism by documenting the great strides that citizens have made along the Hudson River. One of the most common critisims of environmentalism is that it fails to take the livelihood of workers into account. The authors show that this doesn't have to be the case and that protecting our environment can actually ensure better job security.
Along with the specific example of the Hudson River, the authors go through the variety of federal laws that have been put in place to protect communities and show how they were able to use those laws to go up against some of the most powerful industries in the country.
Anyone doubtful of the power of regular citizens in this country would find "The Riverkeepers" a refreshing read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By countdevio on October 6, 2000
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This is a phenomenal book. If you've ever kayaked or fished the Hudson River or just looked out over it and dreamed, this is a must read. The other reviews on this page express my feelings precisely. The writing is extremely descriptive and emotional. You won't be able to put the book down.
John Petrocelli
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave McClintock on January 14, 2000
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Activists John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., wade through the murky Hudson River, sneak onto corporate property, confront corrupt officials, take the polluters to court, and patrol the river in the Riverkeeper boat. The theme that emerges is that the best place to start improving the environment is in our own neighborhoods. Very inspiring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hicindys@aol.com on August 12, 1998
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The highest courage, determination and true grit (unlike the Hollywood kind) is displayed in the book "The Riverkeepers" by John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. We owe an extreem debt of gratitude for the work that so many true patriots are involved in by improving this finited Earth we live on. May God help us if the anti environmental republicans take conrol of the Presidency as well as the Congress. You can kiss clean water, clean air and our forests good by if the "barbarions" continue to deceive the American public. If you are not convinced just read the book ---- if you have the stomach for the truth!
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