Accomodation and Common Meaning between Clashing Cultures: Indians and Europeans

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 By Richard White Cambridge University Press, 2010 (20th Anniversary Edition) 576 pages, $33.99 paperback ¶ In the first chapter, the author quotes historian Eric Wolf: “Human populations construct their cultures in interaction with one another, and not in isolation.” In the eastern…

Lake Nipigon: Headwaters of the GLB

Lake Nipigon: Where the Great Lakes Begin By Nancy Scott Dundurn, Toronto, 2015 272 pages, paperback, $30 Reviewed by David M. Freedman ¶ Almost every map of North America shows Lake Nipigon as a significant geographic feature of Southern Ontario, yet few people know that it is where the Great Lakes begin. It is the…

Betting on Water: 5 Books for Investors

While global water supply has remained constant over millions of years, the demand has increased six-fold just in the last century. The rate of demand is increasing roughly double the rate of population growth due to irrigation, mining, manufacturing, and other industrial uses as well as household and commercial consumption. Today 40 percent of the…

Dave Dempsey on Great Lakes Exploitation & Diversion

This is a review of two books by Dave Dempsey, a policy adviser for the Michigan Environmental Council. He was previously a member of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (1994-2001), and communications director for Conservation Minnesota (2006-2010). He clearly favors conservation over exploitation. [Click on the book images for details on Amazon.]  ¶ On the Brink: The…