Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Fall 2004


This is a fun book to read. Most books of this genre decry a serious environmental problem and seek to influence a particular legal response to it. Those books tend to be long on details and heavy-handed in their advocacy. Many operate on the premise that the solution being presented requires an active effort at persuasion to convince the reader of the proposal's worth. This book is better: it tells fascinating stories, weaves together a series of poignant vignettes, and guides the reader to the desired conclusion implied by the book's title-America's water law in relation to groundwater pumping is sheer folly.

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