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About the Book

Photo of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes book cover

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2018-2019 GO BIG READ
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
By Dan Egan

A portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

About the author

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, and the author of 2017 New York Times Notable Book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

Access to Copies of the Book

There are many ways to access a copy of this academic year’s book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.

Library Copies:

Student Copies:

  • First-Year Students who wish to participate will get free copies. Copies will be available following the Chancellor’s Convocation at the Kohl Center. Any First-Year Student not attending Convocation can pick up a copy at the Center for the First Year Experience Office.
  • Students enrolled in courses that are using the book will get free copies.

University Community Copies:

  • Campus and community book stores offer the title for purchase (many at a discounted rate).

Alternative Format Books:


For those participating in Go Big Read programming who have a documented print-related disability, if you would like an accessible PDF version, please contact the Go Big Read Program.