When the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan went into effect during the Clinton administration, Florida's great grassy wilderness garnered a host of national attention -- and has since become a breeding ground for environmental dispute. What does it take to "save" a forest? How can it be preserved? Enter W. Hodding Carter. For an Outside magazine feature he's agreed to paddle the ninety-nine-mile waterway in Everglades National Park to examine the landscape from all angles -- physical, political, cultural, and very personal -- and get to the rock-bottom heart of the story. Stolen Water is the outgrowth of Carter's journey. Through investigative research, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with key players in the conservation controversy, Carter offers a rare portrait of a national treasure. Utterly important, and at times downright hilarious, Stolen Water is a classic American adventure tale, and an environmental parable for our time.
W. Hodding Carter has written for several national magazines, including Esquire, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and Outside. The author of Westward Whoa, A Viking Voyage, and An Illustrated Viking Voyage, he lives with his family in Rockport, Maine.
"[Carter] is a passionate grumbler. Stolen Water is his love song to the Everglades as well as a heartfelt rejoinder to the deal makers who brokered its restoration plan...[and] is richly peopled with an eclectic array of biologists, activists, Big Sugar executives, and government bureaucrats." -- Audubon (Editor's Choice)
"Carter [is] a gifted teller of nature tales with a flair for the humorous and off beat....[An] engaging read." -- Publishers Weekly
"Carter is pissed off and, at the same time, raucously funny -- the perfect combination for a subject so big and miasmal as the Everglades." -- Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Americana
"Carter writes with breezy, story-telling ease, his voice veering from serious to comic as he blunders through tangles of mangroves on dead-end voyages and sizes up [all] the swampbusting characters." -- Sun Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)