Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species
Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species. By Craig Pittman. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010. xii + 444 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, and index. Cloth $27.50.
Craig Pittman, environmental reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, made his mark in Florida environmental history with a previous book, coauthored with Matthew Waite, about the fallacy of the “no-net-loss” policy and the unremitting destruction of the state's wetlands. With Manatee Insanity, he reaffirms a voice that should be heard. His new book is a superbly researched, highly readable, and thought-provoking study that is suitable for both a nonacademic audience and assigning in the college classroom. Indeed, undergraduates will love this book for its narrative thrust and heart-warming protagonist, and they will learn much about the politics of wildlife protection.
Pittman is primarily interested in the effectiveness of state and federal policies, including the Endangered Species Act,...