Liquid Land: A Natural History of the Everglades (Hardback)Levin (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 303
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 26 mm
This is the most generous kind of nature writing--the act of being absorbed with place, rather than self. "Liquid Land" is well paced, incisive, and artfully informed. For my money, it's the best nonfiction on the Glades since "River of Grass."--Bill Belleville "author of "River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida's St. Johns River" "
From rare panthers to rainbow-colored tree snails, Levin brings to life the Everglades' wondrous beauty and ineffable mystery. Sure to be a classic, "Liquid Land" is required reading for first-time visitors and seasoned explorers alike. But it is more than a primer on the Everglades; Levin shows how by saving the Everglades we stand a better chance of saving the planet, too.--David Seideman "Editor-in-Chief, "Audubon" "
In this knowledgeable and carefully researched overview, Levin, a naturalist, writer and photographer, recounts the many negative effects [the] drainage has had on wildlife and plant life. . . . Levin, who covered the area by foot, boat and plane, successfully evokes the Everglades of yesterday and today, and details the possibilities that exist for its future. . . . In this informative and timely account, Levin offers an accessible, engaging narrative of what environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas called 'the river of grass.'--"Publishers Weekly"
One of the characteristics that makes "Liquid Land" more then just another Jeremiad is Levin's open-minded approach and his ability to see beyond simple cause-and-effect to the interconnection of all human and nonhuman life . . . Surprisingly, Levin is able to inject a sense of hope.--"Georgia Review"
[Levin's] writing style is lyrical and engaging, but the text is grounded in extensive research that is detailed in a useful bibliography. Like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of the classic "The Everglades: River of Grass," Levin is an experienced journalist with a knack for making science accessible to a popular audience.--"Library Journal"
Levin has written an all-encompassing account of the Florida Everglades. The book is full of anecdotes . . . But it's also a serious book that in the end will make you angry that all this magnificence is being sacrificed for the wealth of sugar barons.--"National Geographic Adventure"
"Liquid Land" is at once a celebration of one of our grandest national parks; a rendering of its exploitation, which has erased half of the original Everglades; and a behind-the-scenes account of tardy and contentious attempts to restore what is now 'a computer-controlled watershed almost as artificial as Disney World.' Levin explores the natural history of mosquitoes, panthers, alligators, and wading birds, and he introduces us to many colorful players--one a crocodile expert whose devotion once extended to giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a baby crocodile that had been held underwater by a crab. The Florida Everglades seems to bring out the best and worst in humans; "Liquid Land" is a love letter to a historic swamp and a probing look at the people who are fighting over its future.--Frank Graham Jr. ""Audubon" "
It is a captivating mixture of history, biology, personal experience and individual and corporate profiles, a background that helps to frame current efforts to restore Florida's most famous ecosystem. A must read for all Everglades lovers.--"Florida Wildlife Magazine"
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