By Zygmunt J. B. Plater
Even this day, thirty years after the felony battles to save lots of the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked of entirety of a TVA dam remains to be invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. during this eye-opening booklet, the attorney who together with his scholars fought and gained the best court docket case—known formally as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden tale at the back of one of many nation’s most vital environmental legislations battles.
The realities of the darter’s case, Plater asserts, were regularly mischaracterized in politics and the media. This ebook deals an in depth account of the six-year campaign opposed to a pork-barrel undertaking that made no monetary feel and was once unsuitable from the beginning. in fact TVA’s undertaking used to be designed for sport and actual property improvement. And on the middle of the little workforce scuffling with the undertaking within the courts and Congress have been family members farmers attempting to store their houses and farms, so much of that have been to be resold in a company land improvement scheme. Plater’s gripping story of electorate navigating the tangled corridors of nationwide energy stimulates very important questions on our nation’s governance, and eventually units the snail darter’s list straight.
“The tale of the snail darter and the TVA is the Thermopylae within the historical past of America’s conservation stream, and this e-book by means of Zygmunt Plater merits to be the vintage telling of it.”—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
(Edward O. Wilson)
"The Snail Darter and the Dam is an inspiring and informative American tale of standard humans battling robust unique pursuits. It's approximately how the general public curiosity misplaced out to special funds and its political allies--and disasters via the neighborhood and nationwide press to record the tale particularly, effectively, and in right context."—Dan relatively, Anchor and handling Editor of AXS TV
(Dan really 2012-09-19)
"TVA v. Hill is one in every of my favourite instances. This eminently readable account of the complete historical past of the case is much more fascinating than the tale instructed in Warren Burger’s opinion for the court docket (or my reminiscence of the oral argument and the transferring positions of the Justices in my e-book, 5 Chiefs). The author’s account of the way President Carter rejected the “God Committee’s” verdict in regards to the darter is principally so."—Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens, ultimate court docket of the us [retired]
(Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens [retired] 2012-08-27)
"The within tale of an extended and engaging battle—legal, political, environmental, and personal— that turned an icon of its period and is still instructive even this day. It’s a blueprint for group motion, and—sadly—a still-current roadmap of how within which Washington works. The felony maneuverings are laid out with really good lucidity, yet much more the e-book is by way of flip compassionate, indignant, and extremely humane, and worth reading.”—Jonathan Harr, writer of A Civil Action
(Jonathan Harr 2012-06-25)
"A compelling heritage . . . that sheds gentle at the coverage approach and is interesting in its personal correct. urged [for] all readership levels."—Choice
“Plater . . . does a deft task of weaving jointly the felony framework and context for his struggle opposed to TVA, which he ended up successful prior to the ideally suited courtroom within the landmark case TVA v. Hill. He employs a strict first-person, present-tense point of view that offers the e-book an attractive, memoiristic tone. [He] presents a wealth of element that makes for compelling analyzing, and he has a knack for bringing drama to even the main technical court docket proceedings."—Clay Risen, bankruptcy 16
(Clay Risen bankruptcy 16)