"If we fail to recognize the signals, aided by the lessons from the historical precedents outlined in Wetlands of Mass Destruction, we will see the slow steady erosion of that which is most precious." Niall Kirkwood, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
"In bringing together these ancient writings with an account of the ecological calamity besetting the marshlands of modern Iraq, Dr. France evokes the voices of the past to illustrate and explain the present." Joseph A. Green, Assistant Director of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University
"These haunting quotes from four thousand years ago leave us to ponder whether today's civilizations have the wisdom and the vision to avoid a world in which we are left searching for a 'single reed marsh' in a 'desolate wilderness.'" Henry Lee, Director of the Environment and Natural Resource Program, Harvard University
About the Author
Robert Lawrence France is a leading environmental scholar who has taught at Ca’Foscari University, Harvard University, and McGill University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and the author or editor of several books, including Deep Immersion: The Experience of Water, Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design, and Facilitating Watershed Management. Edward L. Ochsenschlager is a professor emeritus at Brooklyn College and the author of Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden.