The Death and Life of the Great Lakes


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 1.0 X 8.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Egan is a pioneer of extreme sports, world-renowned for his big mountain skiing on the international stage. He has appeared in more than a dozen Warren Miller ski films and is known for traveling to the most remote regions of the world to ski and chronicle the geopolitical landscape of the late 80s and 90s. In 2001, Powder Magazine named Dan Egan one of the most influential skiers of our time. He was inducted into the US Skiing & Snowboarding Hall of Fame in 2016. Dan Egan is also an award-winning film producer and has been nominated for three New England Emmy Awards and has won three NASJA Harold Hirsch Awards for excellence in journalism. Thirty Years in a White Haze is Dan Egan's Story of Worldwide Adventure and the Evolution of Extreme Skiing. Eric Wilbur is a journalist who has been covering the New England sports, travel, and skiing scenes for nearly three decades. His written work has appeared in The Boston Globe, New England Ski Journal,, Boston Metro, and various other publications.


This book feels urgent to policymakers and laypersons alike.--Kerri Arsenault
Fascinating and brilliant... Egan's narrative often moves like a thriller.--Vicky Albritton and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
Easy to read, offering well-paced, intellectually stimulating arguments, bolstered by well-researched and captivating narratives.--Lekelia Danielle Jenkins
A compelling chronicle of the many, many (many) man-caused hazards that have threatened the largest source of accessible freshwater in the world.--Susan Glaser
Important.... Egan's book serves as a reminder that the ecological universe we inhabit is vastly connected and cannot be easily mended by humility and good intentions.--Meghan O'Gieblyn
A marvelous work of nonfiction, which tells the story of humanity's interference with the natural workings of the world's largest unfrozen freshwater system.--Anne Moore
Egan's knowledge, both deep and wide, comes through on every page, and his clear writing turns what could be confusing or tedious material into a riveting story.--Margaret Quamme
Suspenseful, superbly informative, crucial.--Louise Erdrich
Dan Egan has done more than any other journalist in America to chronicle the decline of this once-great ecosystem.--Judges' citation, Grantham Award of Special Merit for Environmental Beat Reporting
Brings the Great Lakes' decline--and moments of rebirth--to life.... Firsthand tales from the people directly involved in the Great Lakes' unfolding ecological drama drive Egan's brisk narrative forward.--Danielle S. Furlich
A literary clarion call.... Egan's narrative reflects a nuanced understanding of history and science, which is matched by his keen perceptions about public policy.