Two communities ... One nonfiction book
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About the Book

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award

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.

A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.

About the Author

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, and the author of 2017 New York Times Notable Book THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

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