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