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Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.

In Water, Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America's century. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Water is a groundbreaking account of man's most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.

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"Steven Solomon has written a riveting historical manifesto on behalf of Water Power. His sweeping narrative, covering centuries, is awe-inspiring. I learned a tremendous amount of usable knowledge from this fine work." Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior

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"Seeking to inspire us to place a higher value on water and establish wiser approaches to its use, Solomon has created a brilliantly discursive and compelling epic of humankind's most vital resource." Booklist (starred review)

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"This volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history." Bill McKibben

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"Solomon's soaring account of our attempt to manage earth's total environment over millennia never neglects the individuals, inventions, and initiatives pivotal to that effort. Water is the most alarming and compelling call to action I've read since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." Linda Lear, author of Rachel Carson

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"Steve Solomon also defines the critical challenges of water — and the need for new thinking — for nations and peoples around the world, both for today and in the future." Daniel Yergin, author of The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

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"A tour de force....Thoughtful....Well-written....Solomon shows that when the incentives are right — where governments and markets are allowed to focus on the real costs of and opportunities for using water resources — much better management of water systems follows." The National Interest

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"Persuasive....Unique....Solomon surveys the current state of the world's water resources by region, making a compelling case that the U.S. and other leading democracies have untapped strategic advantages that will only become more significant as water becomes scarcer." Publishers Weekly

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"A fascinating and provocative work of history that shines new light on what is probably the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time. Steven Solomon's brilliant book reveals how today's planetary crisis of freshwater scarcity is recasting the world order and the societies in which we live." Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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"A sweeping history....Solomon identifies plenty of obstacles to an equitable future, both institutional and geophysical, but remains optimistic that science-born solutions are in the offing....A useful piece for readers interested in natural resources and the geopolitics attendant to them." Kirkus Reviews

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In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying — and all too real — world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls "the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time."

About the Author

Steven Solomon is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire, and has commented on NPR's Marketplace. He is also the author of The Confidence Game. Solomon lives in Washington, D.C.

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DAVID DUNTLEY, December 12, 2012 (view all comments by DAVID DUNTLEY)
As a grocery clerk commented to me, noticing this book on the counter as I was checking out, "Whole book about water? Just 2H and 1O right?" This book takes that question and explores with wonderful detail the historical, anthropological and biological significance of this most critical compound, which is central to life on Earth. This is a book worth having, to send you exploring references and deserves to be read and re-read. For me it was a great opportunity, in terms of ancient history and the culture of the world over, to detail the big picture. Its not a "quick read". It should be savored and thoroughly absorbed, seeping into the deepest recesses of an inquiring mind, like a deluge upon a parched land!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060548315
Author:
Solomon, Steven
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
General History
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World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110131
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 17.78 oz

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Product details 624 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060548315 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Steven Solomon has written a riveting historical manifesto on behalf of Water Power. His sweeping narrative, covering centuries, is awe-inspiring. I learned a tremendous amount of usable knowledge from this fine work."
"Review" by , "Seeking to inspire us to place a higher value on water and establish wiser approaches to its use, Solomon has created a brilliantly discursive and compelling epic of humankind's most vital resource."
"Review" by , "This volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history."
"Review" by , "Solomon's soaring account of our attempt to manage earth's total environment over millennia never neglects the individuals, inventions, and initiatives pivotal to that effort. Water is the most alarming and compelling call to action I've read since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring."
"Review" by , "Steve Solomon also defines the critical challenges of water — and the need for new thinking — for nations and peoples around the world, both for today and in the future."
"Review" by , "A tour de force....Thoughtful....Well-written....Solomon shows that when the incentives are right — where governments and markets are allowed to focus on the real costs of and opportunities for using water resources — much better management of water systems follows."
"Review" by , "Persuasive....Unique....Solomon surveys the current state of the world's water resources by region, making a compelling case that the U.S. and other leading democracies have untapped strategic advantages that will only become more significant as water becomes scarcer."
"Review" by , "A fascinating and provocative work of history that shines new light on what is probably the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time. Steven Solomon's brilliant book reveals how today's planetary crisis of freshwater scarcity is recasting the world order and the societies in which we live."
"Review" by , "A sweeping history....Solomon identifies plenty of obstacles to an equitable future, both institutional and geophysical, but remains optimistic that science-born solutions are in the offing....A useful piece for readers interested in natural resources and the geopolitics attendant to them."
"Synopsis" by , In Water, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying — and all too real — world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls "the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time."
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