Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

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Harper Collins, Jan 5, 2010 - History - 624 pages
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“I read this wide-ranging and thoughtful book while sitting on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi—it's a river already badly polluted, and now threatened by the melting of the loss of the glaciers at its source to global warming. Four hundred million people depend on it, and there's no backup plan. As Steven Solomon makes clear, the same is true the world over; this volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history.” —Bill McKibben

In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.”

 

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User Review  - MaggieFlo - LibraryThing

As a citizen of a water " have" country (Canada), this is a book which everyone who cares about one of our most under rated natural resources should read. It is a very compelling story of the history ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucthegreat - LibraryThing

I learned a lot from this book, and it has been an important source of inspiration, as I am in the process of making a career in the field of water engineering. I loved the historical analysis, and ... Read full review

Contents

List of Maps
1
Ancient Egypt and Nile
29
Mesopotamia and Fertile Crescent
40
The Indus River and India
53
Mediterranean World
59
The Grand Canal and the Flourishing of Chinese
96
China
99
Islam Deserts and the Destiny ofHistorys
126
Da Gama and Cheng Ho
191
water and tHe Making of tHe Modern
229
The Sanitary Revolution
249
Eastern U S and Mississippi
268
American West
324
tHe age of sCarCity
367
Modern Middle East
385
Mounting Water
417

Islamic World and Selected Trade Routes
127
water and tHe asCendanCy of tHe west
157
Europe and Selected Medieval Sea Trade Routes
159
The Voyages of Discovery and the Launch of
180
The New Politics of
448
Epilogue
487
Select Bibliography
551
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Steven Solomon is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire, and has commented on NPR's Marketplace. He is also the author of The Confidence Game. Solomon lives in Washington, D.C.

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