In the tradition of John McPhee and Ian Frazier comes a fascinating journey into the much vilified New Jersey Swamp five miles south of Manhattan, which has become home to some of America's most memorable characters, corpses, garbage, and history.In the tradition of John McPhee and Ian Frazier comes a fascinating journey into the much vilified New Jersey Swamp five miles south of Manhattan, which has become home to some of America's most memorable characters, corpses, garbage, and history.Read Less
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Robert Sullivan has done an incredible job writing about his explorations into the New Jersey Meadowlands, an area which has been abused by man for many decades. I was born and brought up at the edge of the Meadowlands, in Bayonne, which is on Newark Bay, and I learned so much about the marshy area that I honestly didn't know existed while growing up. He describes meeting many quirky and wonderful people that live and work near the Meadowlands, and from the first sentence to the last I found this book a joy. I especially enjoyed his adventure trying to find the columns of the old Penn Station, which were dumped in the Meadowlands. I recommend this book highly.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-16 Just five short, swampy miles from Manhattan, the New Jersey Meadowlands are awash in refuse of all sorts, from toxic waste and landfill to tangled heaps of abortive real-estate developmentŠand perhaps even Jimmy Hoffa's remains. A freelance journalist and unapologetic enthusiast for his chosen tract, Sullivan in his first book marvels at the Meadowlands' history and that of the people who continue to explore it, fish it and even swim it. The author hikes, boats and drives through environs that have over the years offered refuge to pig farms, eccentrics, schemers and even pirates. He marvels at the volume of refuse and sheer toxicity of some of the land, explaining that when one notorious landfill caught fire, it burned for 15 years because the local fire department, fearing for its health in the face of toxic fumes, refused to put out the smoldering heap. Today, under the care of the EPA and other environmental groups, the area is showing signs of rebounding. But such reports, even coupled with Sullivan's zeal, cannot fully brighten this sad if intriguing tale of industrial carnage. (Apr.)
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