By now I think we all know that water is an important topic, but it's not something most of us studied in school. As with other practical subjects, such as agriculture and manufacturing, one could read the maintstream press for years without learning much on water management, so our respect for the topic may be couched in ignorance unless books are published to fill the gap. Fisherman's The Big Thirst serves just such a purpose. Most of us will be surprised at the many ways water scarcity evolves and the dirversity of solutions being pursued in examples from India, Australia, and the United States. Even the definition of clean water is fascinating.
Fisherman's message is a simple one: raise the price of clean water where it is scarce, and create water supply systems that are centrally planned for the greater good. But his prose is far from didactic; the message sneaks up on you pleasantly from behind as you are lured forward through proof-certain that fact is stranger than fiction.