Amity and Prosperity by Eliza Griswold

Amity and Prosperity

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...

Details Amity and Prosperity

TitleAmity and Prosperity
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreNonfiction, History, Business, Environment, Science

Reviews Amity and Prosperity

  • 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, their animals, their house, and their trust in just about everyone except a pair of crusading lawyers who tilt at the windmills of industry and the government agencies that should be protecting them.Amity and Prosperity is the kind of propulsive read t...
  • 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 telling annoyed me, but the writing captures what I know to be true about the people of Amity and southern Washington County. Amity and Prosperity lays out the real challenges and conflicts facing Americans in resource rich but economically challeng...
  • 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 in third world countries, not here in our own backyard. While I fully realize Amity and Prosperity certainly has an agenda, the blatant disregard by government agencies, local government and corporations coupled with the general lack of public outc...
  • 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 focus of the book was about the personal struggles of those involved with this ecological disaster.I would recommend this book to others.
  • 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.
  • 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 small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with a shocking/not shocking description of how the DEP and EPA operate hand in hand with industry.
  • 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 around the health and ecological impacts of fracking. Most of what we get on that front is filtered through the lawyer's research.
  • 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 effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. Governments, Republican and Democratic alike, have mostly decided that destroying the health and property of a certain number of individuals is an acceptable price ...
  • Marvel
    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 the author already had her mind made up that fracking is bad and is harmful to the water and the people nearby. But as I read the book, I thought she was fair and clea...
  • Joe Bolin
    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 books, I was disappointed with Amity and Prosperity. While it's about a very important issue--gas fracturing and the environmental damage it can cause--the charact...
  • Virginia
    This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It’s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended by the story of the illnesses that plagued three families who sold rights to a fracking giant then paid dearly for the small financial gain they received. I couldn...
  • Taylor Allison
    This was a very involved and important book. The story of the fracking industry is crucial to making sure we don't allow this to happen in the future. It was very informative and enjoyable at the same time!
  • hoopiefoot
    Engaging and heartbreaking.
  • Ray Roberts
    Must read. Listen with a skeptical ear about the lawyer “heroes” but otherwise an essential way to understand what’s happening in our corner of the state.
  • Steve Nolan
    A great look at what is actually "Trump country." (Fuck you, "Hillbilly Elegy.") The poor puppies :(
  • Tracy
    read this to get better understanding if fracking and the damage it does. such a tragic story.
  • gnarlyhiker
    recommend documentary:Company Town: Enviromental Injustice, Corporate Accountability, and Community Action by Natalie Kottke-Masocco (2017)good luck
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    A small town in Appalachia a single mom who turns in to a brave activist who fights to protect her town her family and her neighbors from the dangers of fracking highly recommend an important book,#netgalley