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Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.

Stacey Haney, a lifelong resident of A
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux
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Alex Joyner
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There were other impacts from the fracking boom and the Haneys were feeling them. Over the course of eight years, as Eliza Griswold tracks this family in this powerful book, they lose their health, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crusading lawyers who tilt at the windmills of industry and the government agencies that should be protecting them.

Amity and Prosperity is the kind of propulsive read that marks our great story-telling journalist/write
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Pam Patterson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My rating may be somewhat skewed because I was engrossed by the story of how a new extraction industry impacted the people I went to middle and high school with. Some of the non-sequiturs in the story telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people of Amity and southern Washington County. Amity and Prosperity lays out the real challenges and conflicts facing Americans in resource rich but economically challenged regions of the country. Unfortunately, it is cl ...more
Jeff
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well written book . I learned a lot about fracking. Certainly not as harmless as we are led to believe. The author did not beat us over the head with "science." Some of course, but the main focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological disaster.

I would recommend this book to others.
Christina Mitchell
Why do people live and vote outside their own best interests? Because, reality is always complex...even the reality of those who see things as black and white.
Michael
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. Governments, Republican and Democratic alike, have mostly decided that destroying the health and property of a certain number of individuals is an acceptable price to pay for inexpensive and convenient power. in th ...more
Virginia
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It’s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended by the story of the illnesses that plagued three families who sold rights to a fracking giant then paid dearly for the small financial gain they received.

I couldn’t stop reading this book and I can’t stop thinking
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Erok
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book.
It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with a shocking/not shocking description of how the DEP and EPA operate hand in hand with industry.
Laura
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast read. Would be very accessible for undergraduates. Focuses almost exclusively on the legal case that embroiled these families. I would have liked a bit more attention to the scientific battles around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that front is filtered through the lawyer's research.
Taylor Allison
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very involved and important book. The story of the fracking industry is crucial to making sure we don't allow this to happen in the future. It was very informative and enjoyable at the same time!
hoopiefoot
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging and heartbreaking.
Ray Roberts
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Must read. Listen with a skeptical ear about the lawyer “heroes” but otherwise an essential way to understand what’s happening in our corner of the state.
Tracy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
read this to get better understanding if fracking and the damage it does. such a tragic story.
gnarlyhiker
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
recommend documentary:

Company Town: Enviromental Injustice, Corporate Accountability, and Community Action by Natalie Kottke-Masocco (2017)

good luck
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A small town in Appalachia a single mom who turns in to a brave activist who fights to protect her town her family and her neighbors from the dangers of fracking highly recommend an important book,#netgalley
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