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The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water Paperback – February 14, 2012
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"[A] lively and invaluable assessment of the current politics, economics, and culture of water. Lyrical in his descriptions of the beauty and wonder of water, Fishman is rigorous when explaining that the water we have now is all the water we will ever have."
"A wide-ranging look at that most precious of goods, water, and a world in which it is a subject of constant crisis...A timely warning."
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Top Customer Reviews
This should be required reading for everyone.
Editorial Director/Associate Publisher
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.
(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 ›
No matter your expectations, this book will exceed them.
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
This book was a fascinating read and one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time.Published 29 days ago by Jon Way
Top class research on a very - how should we put it - fluid subject. Easy to read, digestible and well thought out - if just a little repetitive at times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Courtenay
Excellent, (but quite technical) overview of water in our world. A good read if you want to be part of the drought solution.Published 1 month ago by Debbie Peterson
I hated this book because it was for a college course that served me no purpose.Published 2 months ago by maraaaa
Charles Fishman has a poetic love affair with water, and understanding at how it's invisibility puts it at peril of disappearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick Vaughan
Incredibly engaging and eye opening book about our water use. Highly recommend this book!Published 4 months ago by Catharine R. Smith
you will never see water the way you use to after this. what a great insight into this precious resource that we take for granted in modern societies.Published 4 months ago by pharaoh