The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise


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Simon & Schuster
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5.57 X 8.41 X 1.17 inches | 0.99 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Grunwald, a Time senior correspondent, has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Award for investigative reporting, and many other prizes. The Washington Post called The Swamp, "a brilliant work of research and reportage." He lives in Florida.


"This is a wonderfully written, provocative, and important book. It combines history and investigative journalism to explore not only the Everglades but the larger tensions of a society's relationship with the environment. It's also a riveting story, the definitive account of south Florida's incredible journey from marshland to man-made megalopolis."

-- John Barry, author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza
"The Swamp is the best thing I've ever read about the Everglades. The story of what's happened to this haunted and magical wilderness has the epic ingredients of a great novel -- greed, betrayal, carnage, and valor -- and Michael Grunwald has beautifully captured it all for history."

-- Carl Hiaasen
Mr. Grunwald, a terrific writer, moves along at a cracking pace."

-- William Grimes, The New York Times
"A grand, violent, picaresque history...This book serves up 500 years of bloody, mostly foolish, rarely noble, but always entertaining human antics."

-- Guy Martin, The New York Times Book Review
"A brilliant work of research and reportage."

-- John G. Mitchell, The Washington Post Book World
"Magnificent...This definitive history reads as quickly as a good magazine article."

-- Michael Browning, The Palm Beach Post
"A superb narrative...Grunwald writes with verve and wit."

-- David Fleshler, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The Swamp is a tremendous book -- impressive in scope, well researched and well written, rich in history yet urgently relevant to current events."

-- Gregg Easterbrook, The New Republic
"Grunwald blends exhaustive research and superlative prose into a book as valuable as a week in Fort Lauderdale, at one-hundredth the price."

-- Andy Solomon, The Boston Globe