Murphy, Hugh - Books
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Tue Mar 30 00:00:00 MDT 2010bagman2 Rating:5.0
In the first few pages of Toxic Loopholes the author poses 2 questions he intends to answer: “How well are our major environmental laws working?” “What prevents them from achieving their stated goals?” This book provided insightful, provocative answers to both questions by examining the real life stories of communities across America trying to gain the assistance of the law and the EPA to clean up their land, air and water. Toxic Loopholes arrives at a perfect time in history. Although the media provides more environmental coverage than ever before, most people still believe we have effective laws and government agencies that will shield them from pollution. By using real life examples and powerful facts, Toxic Loopholes convinced me that this is simply not so. This is the only book I’m aware of that thoroughly de-mystifies the environmental protection process. It clearly explains the fatal flaws in our environmental laws and exposes the extreme malfeasance of agencies like the EPA that are supposed to enforce them. Toxic Loopholes is engaging but disturbing to read. It is full of fascinating stories with scoundrels and heroes. For example, it chronicled the courageous efforts of Robert Martin and Hugh Kaufman who used their position as EPA Ombudsman to expose the corrupt relationship between EPA bosses and corporate polluters, who were allowed to get away without cleaning up the communities they poisoned. It also revealed the vindictive response of successive EPA chiefs--like Christie Todd Whitman--who did everything in their power to silence, intimidate and eventually eliminate the Ombudsman’s office after Martin and Kaufman exposed her lie that the toxic air around ground zero was safe to breathe only 3 days after the twin towers collapsed. I was pleased that the book looked at both domestic and international efforts to protect the planet. The extensive chapter on the politics of climate change provided a comparison of several contending views on whether nations can cooperate to solve such global problems. Then it tested the validity of these views by examining two case studies: the successful ozone treaty and the floundering negotiations to prevent climate disruption. The author’s conclusions were both sobering and eye-opening. The careful research that went into Toxic Loopholes was informed by historical analysis, political theory, realpolitik, ecology, economic theory, and environmental ethics. In addition, it contained some clear-headed prescriptions for ecological improvement without pretending that our society can become ecologically sustainable unless it abandons the relentless pursuit profit and growth. This well researched text provides readers with a systematic analysis of the history, politics, failures and occasional triumphs of our environmental laws. His discussion about the necessity of preserving biodiversity, the importance of the precautionary principle and four theories framing the prospects for global environmental cooperation were alone worth reading the text.
Sat Jun 05 00:00:00 MDT 2010kaceys Rating:5.0
This book is yet another great addition to the Joe Gray Mystery series. Shirley Rousseau Murphy has such an extraordinary way of crafting wonderfully detailed stories that grip and hold the reader with all the twists and turns each chapter takes. I could not put this book down. I strongly recommend this book and the entire series (from the beginning).
Wed Dec 05 00:00:00 MST 2007slightlyobsessed Rating:5.0
The Gun Seller is a brilliant combination of James Bond and sarcasm. Hugh Laurie obviously put a lot of time into research and development of his characters. One of my favorite books of all time! I highly reccommend it to anyone who like to read anything at all.
Thu Jun 07 00:00:00 MDT 2007ddd84 Rating:5.0
Who would have thought that Dr. House could be so funny! Actor Hugh Laurie has proven that he is as good a writer as he is an actor. Tom Lang and Co. had me in stitches. I couldn't put the book down. It was a joy to read and often had me laughing out loud. How about another book, Doc?!
Thu Aug 31 00:00:00 MDT 2006sweetbina77 Rating:5.0
The book site was very helpful as well as the discounted price and small synopsis. That Overstock mentioned the book will be available at a later date and arriving 3-4 days later was great. It not only showed me as a customer I'm valued it shows Overstock cares. Thank you.
Thu May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2010chrylhbnr Rating:3.0
I always look forward to a new Charlotte Hughes paperback. but I have not been able to get into this one, I tell myself it will pick up speed and I will be sucked in, then I end up finding something I would rather read or reread instead, It still sits in my end table
Tue Dec 15 00:00:00 MST 2009suziod Rating:5.0
This book was $15 more at Barnes and Noble. I will always check Overstock before purchasing anything! It arrived quickly and in perfect condition! There are great recipes in this book!
Sat Feb 02 00:00:00 MST 2008Rating:5.0
Good book for anyone looking to grow in their Christian walk. Some direct analysis of how our culture and lifestyles effect our spiritual growth. Great spiritual check up for any man who says he follows Christ. In this book Hughes becomes the Jack LaLanne of pastors. Get up and get going.
Sat Jun 25 00:00:00 MDT 2011n00baccordionist Rating:5.0
If you a new accordion player, and simply do not have the money for an instructor, look no further... the Palmer Hughes books are the BEST. They are step by step and don't "jump in' immediately like other books do. I had a chance to look at this series a few weeks ago, and had to have them, so I ordered them!! Ordered the first 4 books out of 10.
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