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  • Superman's Not Coming

  • Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It
  • Written by: Erin Brockovich
  • Narrated by: Erin Brockovich
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From environmental activist, renowned crusader, champion fighter, maverick — a book that looks at our present situation with water and shows us how we can each take action to make changes in our cities, towns, and villages, before it is too late.

"Brockovich is a vocal, no-nonsense writer - Roberts might even have downplayed her fire in the movie.... The tales she tells show how addressing water issues at the source can make a big difference all the way down the chain." (Heather Hansman, Outside)

"Brockovich urges people to continue to fight for what they believe in.... [Her] belief in individual activism - rather than relying on leaders, corporations, or the government to handle the water crisis - is the guiding theme in her new book...inspirational." (Sam Gillette, People)

In Erin Brockovich’s long-awaited book — her first to reckon with conditions on our planet — she makes clear why we are in the trouble we’re in, and how, in large and practical ways, we each can take actions to bring about change.

She shows us what's at stake, and writes of the fraudulent science that disguises these issues, along with cancer clusters not being reported. She writes of the saga of PG&E that continues to this day, and of the communities and people she has worked with who have helped to make an impact. She writes of the water operator in Poughkeepsie, New York, who responded to his customers' concerns and changed his system to create some of the safest water in the country; of the moms in Hannibal, Missouri, who became the first citizens in the nation to file an ordinance prohibiting the use of ammonia in their public drinking water; and about how we can protect our right to clean water by fighting for better enforcement of the laws, new legislation, and better regulations.

She cannot fight all battles for all people and gives us the tools to take actions ourselves, have our voices heard, and know that steps are being taken to make sure our water is safe to drink and use. 

©2020 Erin Brockovich (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"The celebrated environmental activist details her continuing fight to keep chemicals out of groundwater, highlighting the stakes and offering advice to concerned citizens." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Riveting ... Superman's Not Coming will resonate strongly with anyone concerned about this important topic." (Booklist starred review) 

"Two decades after the movie that made her a national celebrity, Brockovich urges readers to confront a scary reality ... [She] offers an easy-to-understand guide to common water pollutants, and she shares stories of citizen activists ... The narrative’s real power comes from her clarion calls to regular citizens to get involved in the fight for safe water ... she offers several concrete suggestions for how people can gauge the safety of their own drinking water and stand up to corporations and politicians ... a call to arms about the global water crisis from a sharp, plainspoken activist.” (Kirkus Review)

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  • JK
  • 2020-10-16

A must read

This book is a must read for everyone. It opened my eyes even more about big corporations and the government not having our back. We must take a stand and be our own advocate. Superman’s not coming but I’m here ans my eyes are wide open now! Thanks Erin you are an inspiration

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  • Mara L.
  • 2020-10-08

Informative and Motivating!

Yes, this book is by THAT Erin Brokovich. Since the eponymous movie in the 90s, Brokovich has worked tirelessly as an advocate for citizens, clean water, and necessary environmental regulations. 'Superman's Not Coming' goes over common water issues currently faced by millions of Americans. She includes understandable science about the chemicals, pollution, infrastructure, and policies that contribute to water toxicity. Most importantly, she details resources and clear action steps that citizens can take to improve their drinking water. Brokovich writes in such a passionate and empowering manner, so this was a really motivating listen.

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  • Carrie Horner
  • 2020-10-01

Very informative

I never knew so much about how we get and maintain our water. I love the fact that she goes into detail about the cases she’s worked and is still working on. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to stay informed on the national water crisis and what we can do about it.

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  • Ambler PA
  • 2021-03-23

Why do authors read their own books?!

This book has, undoubtedly, important information and seems reasonably well written, but listening to it did not work at all for me. Almost any decent reader might have gotten me through this book. She is ok in interviews, but like most authors, she just can't read her own book and make it interesting.

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  • A. M. Leslie
  • 2021-08-18

This is a must read for anyone interested in saving the world for all of humanity.

This book is loaded with statistics as well as stories from people who have been living with toxic water as a result of miss management or malicious acts by the people who are supposed to be keeping them safe. You need to read it.

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  • ETC
  • 2021-05-23

Practical Tools, Not Just About Water

This book teaches us how to participate more effectively as US Citizens and how to build more accountability through our communities; Erin Brockovich provides a no-nonsense, concrete & actionable set of tools that you can carry into the rest of your life. Superman’s Not Coming is a must read.