Share your feelings about Timothy Egan’s writing style. Why do you think he wrote this book?
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I recently finished this book and can’t get the images out of my mind. The message received from this book is one that seems to repeat itself throughout US history. Mans’ greed, government projects that fail to look at the whole picture. ..
I think about the trees that Roosevelt had planted, all the money spent on that project alone, only to have them later removed by “farmers” who now could replant crops because of the Ogallala Aquifer availability. I would have thought that after experiencing this time, there would have been more caution, more “looking ahead”, more conservation, more fear of repeat performance, more fear of wasting another natural resource.
Time seems to erase the caution, money eases the guilt, and I see that the Aquifer is now being planned for sale to other parts of Texas. Sure, the current laws prohibit use of more than 50% of the Aquifer, but when that level is reached I fear some legislator will schmooze his way into using more water…what happens when all that land becomes dry again?
This book is a well researched, well documented collection which serves to warn us all of the fragile balance of life on this earth.