The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

eBook - 2009
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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."

Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
ISBN: 9780061994784
Characteristics: 575 p. : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 24, 2017

Lots of history here: water and civilisations in China, in the Middle East, in Europe and elsewhere. Water as barriers, water as highway, water as resource, water as curse.
Water transported by canals and aqueducts and water sellers. Sewage and disease. Drinking water, purer and potable, for the cities.
A well written overview.

Jan 14, 2016

The message of the book is critical, and is worth reading for Part 4 of the book, talking about water and politics in the 21st century. However, the writing style is drawn out, and Solomon rehashes ideas repeatedly, diluting the point and making for a tedious read at times.

Jul 23, 2012

Similar in premise to "Salt" or "Cod", Solomon weaves together history to demonstrate how harnessing the power of water is the foundation of all civilizations. Starting with ancient Western civilization and moving east, he paints a fascinating and detailed picture of how governments developed around their ability to overcome the natural variability water possesses. Be it for drinking, agriculture or navigating for trade: it is a convincing and well articulated book demonstrating how water management impacts(for better and worse) civilizations. Dense, but well worth wading through.

May 10, 2010

Water, not oil...the next struggle between nations.


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