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'The authors truly deserve credit for bringing out into the open a subject we instinctively avoid.' HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chairperson, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation 'There are many untold and fascinating stories in the world of sanitation. This book tells these stories like they have never been told before, drawing them together into the epic tale of how poor communities are battling to clean up their neighbourhoods, sometimes with help from dedicated professionals, often against all odds.' Sandy Cairncross, Professor of Environmental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 'The authors of this book bring out of the shadows an unmentionable subject, and call for a new sanitary revolution - on behalf of the environment and people's dignity. I endorse their call, and recommend this book for spelling out the urgency of the crisis.' Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi 'This book is highly readable, exhaustively informative, and will be of considerable help to those trying to adapt and redesign toilet technologies for local conditions. Its multifaceted approach has important implications for attaining the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation.' Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation 'The lack of sanitation endured by 2.6 billion people is a hidden international scandal. It is the principal reason for the spread of diarrhoeal diseases and the toll they take on human lives. This book makes us think about these things, and does so with great power. The authors truly deserve credit for bringing out into the open a subject we instinctively avoid.' HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chairperson, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation

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Maggie Black has written several books on water, sanitation and development such as The No-Nonsense Guide to International Development (New Internationalist, 2007). Ben Fawcett is an environmental health engineer and was until recently a lecturer at the University of Southampton, UK.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844075443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844075447
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yosho on April 16, 2012
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then don't read this one. Instead, read "The Big Necessity" (2008) by Rose George, which is a much breezier and exciting account of the global sanitation crisis.

If, on the other hand, you plan on reading more than one book on sanitation (if, for example, you want to/already work in the sector), then this book provides a lot more detail and case studies than George's book does and I recommend reading it next, though, as a result, it reads much more like a textbook (while George's reads like a gripping action novel). Don't get me wrong - this is an interesting and fulfilling book for someone like me, but may be a bit dry or technical for someone who is simply interested in getting inspired or interested in the field more generally.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joao Paulo on March 11, 2013
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An interesting book for those commited with sanitation.
An interesting book for those commited with sanitation.
An interesting book for those commited with sanitation
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