Providence Journal editorial-page editor Robert Whitcomb and co-author Wendy Williams are out next month with a book about the long-running Cape Cod windmill controversy. "Booklist" reviews it as: "a true-life tale of a blinding love of place, outrageously irresponsible propaganda, shameful congressional maneuvering, and egregious social injustice is half farce, half political thriller, and altogether compelling."
The book, with a May 7 publication date, is "Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for America's Energy Future on Nantucket Sound. " May 2007. 336p. illus. PublicAffairs, $26.95 (1-58648-397-8). 333.9.
Booklist's Donna Seaman's review continues: " Cape Cod is a place of celebrated beauty and blueblood history. For such powerful and wealthy families as the Kennedys and Mellons, the cape's beaches are a treasured sanctuary. But because Massachusetts' population has grown, the state's aging power grid is under enormous pressure.
"Enter Jim Gordon, an energy entrepreneur who believed he had the perfect solution: an offshore wind farm. His 2001 Cape Wind proposal shocked and enraged Cape Cod's elite, and so began an epic battle that pits privilege against the common good in a stunning exposure of NIMBY (not in my backyard) hypocrisy."
Williams has been a journalist-in-residence at Duke University and at the Hastings Center; a fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado and at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Whitcomb is vice president and editorial page editor of "The Providence Journal". Previously he served as the financial editor of "The International Herald Tribune"; and as editor and writer for "The Wall Street Journal". The publisher is a http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com .