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The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water Paperback – February 14, 2012
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This should be required reading for everyone.
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We all know water is precious and important in our lives, but like most U.S. citizens, I used to take safe, clean water for granted.
Never again after reading "The Big Thirst." The book is compelling and fun to read, serious and hopeful.
Charles Fishman is a great storyteller and writer. With humor and facts, he identifies and explores vital issues as he travels to Las Vegas, Australia, India, UAE and beyond. He presents ideas, information and critical issues in a thoughtful and calm manner.
This important and book changed the way I think about water, and has lessons for individuals, communities and policy makers.
I no longer feel numbed by water worries; I even feel hopeful. And I keep thinking about my relationship with water, including why a body of water makes me so happy, and why some fountains are amazing and others are just annoying (you know the type). This book will keep me (and others) thinking and talking about water for a long time to come.
No matter your expectations, this book will exceed them.
(For more details on the chapters, please refer my blog post via my profile page)
Fishman starts off with a pithy chapter positing that our attitude towards water is "filled with contradictions" and hypothesizes that the "invisibility" of the supply system and prevalent philosophies on water being free (of cost) are its biggest vulnerabilities. He follows up with a chapter that explains water's origin, geological concepts on "watery rocks", "Earth ocean" and water cycles. Reading about inter-galactic water formation is in itself a treat. He then discusses different issues regarding water supplies, philosophies on its usage, socio-political-economic implications - using different stories.Read more ›
Too often, I find books about major global issues to be pretty grim. Fishman (great name for a water writer) uses a light touch, as he takes you to places where water crises have dominated people's lives -- from Mumbai to Las Vegas to Toowoomba. From these far-flung locales, he reports on not only the staggering challenges people face, but also their solutions. He shows how determined people have successfully tackled problems of filthy or scare water, sometimes by thinking outside the box, and sometimes by taking matters into their own hands.
Nothing short of inspiring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An issue I was unaware of before reading was the intended audience for this book. This book is intended for managers setting water utility policies. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Arturo del Swego
Very informative and fascinating book about the water story within our country and in other parts of the world. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Thomas R. Berard
We hardly ever think about water -- it's just there. Until it isn't, and then what happens? Author looks at several situations in which water supplies have dwindled and the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ken Deken
You will not think of water the same after reading this book. Water has been taken for granted too long in some places in the world, this will change..........is changing!Published 16 days ago by msl
I live in Northern California in a fourth year of drought. Looking at my dead lawn in the back yard which we stopped watering this summer, and having replaced our large front lawn... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee
I found the writing approach should be much more concise and get to the pointPublished 3 months ago by A novice photog
We take water for granted. This book may cure you of that. You’ll be stunned by all the things you don’t know about water, and all the tragic problems around the world because of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mr. mike