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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 Amity, Pennsylvania, is struggling to support her children when the fracking boom comes to town. Like most of her neighbors, she sees the energy companies' payments as a windfall. Soon trucks are rumbling down her unpaved road and a fenced-off fracking site rises on adjacent land. But her annoyance gives way to concern and then to fear as domestic animals and pets begin dying and mysterious illnesses strike her family--despite the companies' insistence that nothing is wrong.

Griswold masterfully chronicles Haney's transformation into an unlikely whistle-blower as she launches her own investigation into corporate wrongdoing. As she takes her case to court, Haney inadvertently reveals the complex rifts in her community and begins to reshape its attitudes toward outsiders, corporations, and the federal government. Amity and Prosperity uses her gripping and moving tale to show the true costs of our energy infrastructure and to illuminate the predicament of rural America in the twenty-first century.

Title:Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
ISBN:9780374103118
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  • Alex Joyner

    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, th...

  • Pam Patterson

    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...

  • Erok

    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 sm...

  • Sarah

    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...

  • Elise Martin

    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 farmi...

  • Barb

    This was probably more of a 4.5. Great book, sad/frustrating story but well told. ...

  • Jeff

    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 foc...

  • 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....

  • Laura

    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 ...

  • Michael

    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 e...