The Modern Library, New York, 2008, First American Edition. 892 pp, 3 maps, Matthiessen combines three novels into this marvelous work, based on real life stories - Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. Gorgeously written and unfailingly compelling, this story is the exhilarating masterwork of his career, every bit as ambitious as Moby Dick (National Geographic Society). Peter Matthiessen consolidates his epic masterpiece of Florida -- and crafts something even better. He deserves credit for decades of meticulous research and obsessive details and soaring prose that converted the Watson legend into critically acclaimed literature. (Miami Herald). Watson's story set the stage for Florida's environmental problems due to money, greed, power and shortsighted gain; it stands as prelude to the present. Signed on Title Page by Peter Matthiessen at his home in the Hamptons, New York. Dustjacket, Fine.