The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Paperback)

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Paperback)

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New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award



"Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative.… Egan’s book is bursting with life (and yes, death)." —Robert Moor, New York Times Book Review


The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.



Dan Egan is the author of New York Times bestseller The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393355550
ISBN-10: 0393355551
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
Suspenseful, superbly informative, crucial.
— Louise Erdrich

Fascinating and brilliant… Egan’s narrative often moves like a thriller.
— Vicky Albritton and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson - Los Angeles Review of Books

Easy to read, offering well-paced, intellectually stimulating arguments, bolstered by well-researched and captivating narratives.
— Lekelia Danielle Jenkins - Science

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

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 - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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 - Crain’s Chicago Business

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 - Boston Review

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 - Columbus Dispatch

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 - Nature Conservancy magazine

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.
— National Book Review

This book feels urgent to policymakers and laypersons alike.
— Kerri Arsenault - Literary Hub