Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Eliza Griswold

Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: June 2018

Duration: 10 hours 34 minutes


*Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction*
Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.
Stacey Haney, a lifelong resident of Amity, Pennsylvania, is struggling to support her children when the fracking boom comes to town. Like most of her neighbors, she sees the energy companies' payments as a windfall. Soon trucks are rumbling down her unpaved road and a fenced-off fracking site rises on adjacent land. But her annoyance gives way to concern and then to fear as domestic animals and pets begin dying and mysterious illnesses strike her family-despite the companies' insistence that nothing is wrong.
Griswold masterfully chronicles Haney's transformation into an unlikely whistle-blower as she launches her own investigation into corporate wrongdoing. As she takes her case to court, Haney inadvertently reveals the complex rifts in her community and begins to reshape its attitudes toward outsiders, corporations, and the federal government. Amity and Prosperity uses her gripping and moving tale to show the true costs of our energy infrastructure and to illuminate the predicament of rural America in the twenty-first century.


  • Anonymous

    Great book, that describes what happens when free market anarchy reigns supreme - environmental destruction, illness, desperation and estrangement for the many, undeserved windfalls for the few profiteers. That is how the future for many American towns will look like. Lives destroyed by unrestricted greed and unfettered markets.

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