Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

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 Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rura...

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Title:Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
Author:Eliza Griswold
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America Reviews

  • Amelia
    Jan 04, 2019
    I once volunteered on the state of Maryland's assessment of potential health impacts from fracking. It was messy. I didn't know about split estates, compressor stations, or what DEP even stood for. Talking to affected communities you learn fast. These communities are starved for good j...
  • Laura
    Jul 07, 2018
    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 fron...
  • Erok
    Jul 13, 2018
    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...
  • Sara
    Dec 10, 2018
    The names of these Penn towns are the ultimate irony. After enduring coal mining and the bust that followed, gas companies leased property here and totally polluted the water. A rural community depends mostly on creeks and well water and the company allowed leaks that nearly killed the...
  • Sally Anne
    Dec 27, 2018
    Wow. This is a remarkable work. Beautifully written.Rather even-handed and non-histrionic in the telling of a horrific story of sloppy science, corporate greed, and lies. Very much a story of this time in America. (Also, same as it ever was.) ...
  • Florence
    Sep 23, 2018
    Natural gas was supposed to be a gateway to clean energy; a move toward making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. Many of the people who live in southwestern Pennsylvania atop the rich Marcellus Shale, saw fracking for natural gas as an economic life line. The coal indust...
  • Trish
    Sep 09, 2018
    This scientific and legal drama recounts the harrowing ordeal of several families suffering terribly from toxic chemicals leaching from storage pools of fracking waste into their drinking water and into the air in western Pennsylvania. New Yorker staff writer and journalist Eliza Gris...
  • Catherine
    Oct 06, 2018
    Yes, the title sounds like this might be about a duo of Puritan sisters, but Amity and Prosperity are actually small towns in rural Pennsylvania, long caught in the boom-bust cycle of mining and energy production. Well-written but extremely frustrating to read, the author covers Stacey...
  • Marvel
    Jul 23, 2018
    My sister recommended this and since I grew up in Prosperity - and many family members still live there - I decided to read it. Also because it deals with fracking and this is happening on our family farm where my dad still lives. When I started the book, I was skeptical. It seemed t...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Aug 30, 2018
    A powerful, revealing look at how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one of its lifelong residents brought national attention to the story. ...
  • Sandra
    Oct 17, 2018
    For seven years, Ms. Griswold follows the nurse and single mom, Stacey Haney, and her family during the worst abuses of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania over the Marcellus Shale deposits. In many ways this is just a heart-breaker, for ultimately, no one wins - just corporate gr...
  • Kay
    Oct 08, 2018
    The ruthlessness of the extraction industry is not exactly news, but fracking created a special kind of hell for the rural Pennsylvania families living atop the Marcellus shale. The technique itself was completely unlike anything that preceded it, and the companies managed to label the...
  • David Quinn
    Jan 11, 2019
    This is a good book I enjoyed reading. It reminded me in many ways of Jonathan Harr's very good book A Civil Action but it lacks the depth of Harr's book and I can't help compare the books and rate this one a star lower. ...
  • Sarah Carr
    Sep 29, 2018
    I knew very little, if anything, about fracking before I read this book. But having heard things here and there in the news, I was curious to see how it impacted real people, and this book took us to a small town in Pennsylvania to introduce us to neighbors Stacey, Beth, and their fami...
  • Amber
    Jan 03, 2019
    Didn't get far in this one before giving up...extremely well-reported, written a bit too human interest-y and detailed for my taste. As well, I'm not sure how verified the various claims of malfeasance/negligence are--I've seen some research indicating that, when there's before/after t...
  • Michael
    Jul 15, 2018
    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. ...
  • Christina Mitchell
    Jul 07, 2018
    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. ...
  • Joe Bolin
    Jul 16, 2018
    I love long form journalism, especially the books and articles for which the author has embedded him or herself with the subjects. Books like Nomadland and The Stranger in the Woods are among my favorites. As with those books, I learned about Amity and Prosperity from NPR. Unlike those...
  • Elizabeth Stolar
    Jan 27, 2019
    Having lived in Pennsylvania for many years, I had been mildly following the fracking issue, and was distressed by the harm it seemed to be causing to people and to the environment. I was dismayed that even Democratic candidates for governor and for other offices supported fracking -- ...
  • Marie Smith
    Dec 29, 2018
    Informative reporting on the struggle of a mom who senses that her family's and animals' health issues are related to the fracking infrastructure nearby and is unable to get effective assistance from Pennsylvania's DEP or the national EPA. The story includes a several year long legal s...
  • Helen Baldwin
    Oct 18, 2018
    This is non-fiction which reads like a page-turning thriller. I read 'Amity and Prosperity' to learn about fracking and that I did; I didn't expect to become so involved in an upsetting story about the health and environmental consequences of fracking in rural southwestern Pennsylvania...
  • Pam Patterson
    Jun 29, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jeff
    Jun 27, 2018
    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...
  • Elise Martin
    Jul 27, 2018
    Similar story to Erin Brockovich, you know who the good and bad guys are right from the start of the book. This is a true story of the plight and the fight of one family in particular in a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania to which the "big money of fracking" has com...
  • Dawn S
    Feb 01, 2019
    What a great and terrible book. The great: Griswold spends 7 years following the story of several families and their difficulties with nearby fracking operations when the shale boom hit in Pennsylvania. It's the kind of story--with so many people and technical details--that is diffi...
  • Denny
    Dec 13, 2018
    I enjoyed Eliza Griswold's reporting and writing, but I was deeply saddened by the story she tells in Amity and Prosperity. This is the story of how Big Business, elected politicians, armies of lawyers, and sometimes even the government agencies designed to protect the public from harm...
  • Barb
    Jul 30, 2018
    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...
  • Steve Nolan
    Jul 16, 2018
    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :( ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018
    I don't even know where to start. It is shocking to me that this kind of systematic failure by Government to protect its own citizens is taking place in America. This is the kind of thing that happens in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Ami...
  • Alex Joyner
    Jul 01, 2018
    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 crus...