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politically astute presentation of a surprisingly provocative topic,
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This review is from: Drinking Water: A History (Hardcover)
Through the prism of this seemingly simple commodity, and with a wit as sharp as his narrative balance is smooth, Salzman focuses our attention on drinking water's complicated past and consequential future. Exploring the ambiguous phrase he claims as his title, Salzman illuminates the surprising depths of this seemingly shallow substance. Amongst the many essential ideas new to my understanding of the politics of water, Salzman's discussion of the consequences of the roles played by women and girls as "water bearers" in many developing countries has made a powerful impact. Opening with the aptly-named story of "Mother McCloud" as he does, the book, on a closer read, shows its keen political and social consciousness, something that has been a refreshing surprise amidst the other pieces I've read on related subjects. I'd recommend this book to readers who enjoy the following: historically-informed thinking, a dry wit, balanced journalism, mindfulness in politics, and clear-eyed story-telling.