Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Water:  The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven SolomonFar 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 transformation of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the 21st-century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.

In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, journalist 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.

Praise for Water:

"A fascinating and provocative work of history that shines new light on what is probably the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time."—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"A seminal study from which readers should be able to grasp the larger issues of water in the 21st century."Seattle Times

"Solomon's sweeping narrative, covering centuries, is awe-inspiring. I learned a tremendous amount of usable knowledge from this fine work."—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Quiet World

"Water enlarges our understanding of how this vital element has shaped our past, providing enough evidence of humanity's ingenuity in the face of its challenges to offer reasonable hope that we will find ways to use it sanely."Los Angeles Times

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