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Wastelands: the true story of farm country on trial
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Contributors:
Grisham, John, writer of foreword.
Published:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.
Format:
Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xiv, 444 pages ; 25 cm
Status:
Ashland Adult Nonfiction
346.73 ADD
Description
"Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and told with the air of suspense that few writers can handle, Wastelands is a story I wish I had written." —From the Foreword by John Grisham
 
The once idyllic coastal plain of North Carolina is home to a close-knit, rural community that for more than a generation has battled the polluting practices of large-scale farming taking place in its own backyard. After years of frustration and futility, an impassioned cadre of local residents, led by a team of intrepid and dedicated lawyers, filed a lawsuit against one of the world’s most powerful companies—and, miraculously, they won.

As vivid and fast-paced as a thriller, Wastelands takes us into the heart of a legal battle over the future of America’s farmland and into the lives of the people who found the courage to fight.

There is Elsie Herring, the most outspoken of the neighbors, who has endured racial slurs and the threat of a restraining order to tell the story of the waste raining down on her rooftop from the hog operation next door. There is Don Webb, a larger-than-life hog farmer turned grassroots crusader, and Rick Dove, a riverkeeper and erstwhile military judge who has pioneered the use of aerial photography to document the scale of the pollution. There is Woodell McGowan, a quiet man whose quest to redeem his family’s ancestral land encourages him to become a better neighbor, and Dr. Steve Wing, a groundbreaking epidemiologist whose work on the health effects of hog waste exposure translates the neighbors’ stories into the argot of science. And there is Tom Butler, an environmental savant and hog industry insider whose whistleblowing testimony electrifies the jury.

Fighting alongside them in the courtroom is Mona Lisa Wallace, who broke the gender barrier in her small southern town and built a storied legal career out of vanquishing corporate giants, and Mike Kaeske, whose trial skills are second to none.

With journalistic rigor and a novelist’s instinct for story, Corban Addison's Wastelands captures the inspiring struggle to bring a modern-day monopoly to its knees, to force a once-invincible corporation to change, and to preserve the rights—and restore the heritage—of a long-suffering community.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780593320822, 0593320824

Notes

General Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-421) and index.
Description
"A once idyllic American landscape is home to a closely knit, rural community that, for more than a generation, has battled the polluting practices of large-scale farming that had been making them sick and damaging their homes. After years of frustration and futile attempts to bring about change, an impassioned cadre of local residents, led by a team of intrepid and dedicated lawyers, brought suit against one of the world's most powerful corporations-and, miraculously, they won. As vivid and fast-paced as a novel, Wastelands takes us into the heart of a legal battle over the future of America's farmland, and into the lives of the people who found the courage to fight. With unparalleled entrée in the courtroom, Corban Addison captures the stirring and unforgettable struggle to bring a modern-day monopoly to its knees, to force a once invincible power to change, to vindicate the rights of a long-suffering community, and finally to restore their heritage"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Addison, C., & Grisham, J. (2022). Wastelands: the true story of farm country on trial. First edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Addison, Corban, 1979- and John, Grisham. 2022. Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country On Trial. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Addison, Corban, 1979- and John, Grisham, Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country On Trial. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Addison, Corban, and John Grisham. Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country On Trial. First edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2022. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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