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The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right

Cronin, John, and Kennedy, Robert F., Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0684839083 / ISBN 13: 9780684839080
Published by Scribner, New York, 1997
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302, appendix, index, DJ slightly soiled. Foreword by Al Gore. Inscribed by the co-author (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.). Once an inspiration to writers and artists and a rich source of livelihood for fishermen, the Hudson River by the 1960's had been transformed by pollution from a national treasure into a national joke. Here two leaders of the successful Hudson Riverkeeper organization recount the investigations, the court battles, and the ultimate triumph in reclaiming the most basic human right of all--the right to a safe environment. Bookseller Inventory # 51486

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Title: The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to ...

Publisher: Scribner, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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The authors describe their confrontations and eventual triumphs over the electric power industry, Exxon, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other environmental lawbreakers

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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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