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Stetson Kennedy Award - 2017
[A] fascinating concise study of this unique piece of Florida real estate, Nathaniel Osborn covers all the bases: dredging, filling, farming, fishing, citrus, industry, tourists, astronauts, retirees and, of course, mosquito control. Each have had a major impact on the fragile ecosystem behind the barrier islands.
Today the Indian River Lagoon sits on the brink of environmental collapse, owing in large part to human "makeovers"....The enormity of this loss is made clear in Nathaniel Osborn’s Indian River Lagoon.
--Journal of Florida Studies
Osborn deftly explores the ecological history of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.
--Journal of Southern History
A nuanced story about how a changing ecosystem and a changing human society have mutually shaped one another.
--Florida Historical Quarterly