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Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It

Pantheon. Aug. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781524746964. $28.95. NAT HIST
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In her first book to address her signature issue of water pollution, consumer advocate and environmental activist Brockovich (Take It From Me) has written both a call to action and a how-to manual for citizen activism. Readers are urged to investigate the state of their local drinking water, and press for government and industry action to regulate or remediate toxic pollutants that may harm our water supply. Nonpartisan but not apolitical in its outlook—proclaiming that clean water is everyone’s issue—the book nevertheless strongly advocates for both more regulation of industrial chemicals and increased support for the agencies that monitor and restore contaminated sites. Most of the book is comprised of vignettes of communities where Brockovich has worked with locals to organize, testify, or consult on water quality issues. The exacerbating effects of global climate change are also addressed. Though coauthored by journalist Suzanne Boothby, the book retains Brockovich’s down-to-earth tone. Appendixes provide contact information and short descriptions of environmental organizations, notes, and citations keyed to phrases in the text.
VERDICT Recommended as a note of encouragement or a roadmap for legal and political organizing for environmentally concerned citizens.

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