- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press; Auflage: Reprint (14. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1439102082
- ISBN-13: 978-1439102084
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 21,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 76.650 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Februar 2012
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"An engrossing, globe-trotting narrative [and] a comprehensive, remarkably readable panorama of our dependence on--and responsibilities to--a priceless resource."
"[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."
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Charles Fishman is the acclaimed author of A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.
Charles Fishman does a great service in this CD (and related book) by taking a look ahead at how we are likely to handle future shortages of drinking water. He considers those who either ran out or came close . . . and how they responded. From this investigation, he concludes that the age of inexpensive potable water used indiscriminately for everything from irrigating farmland to flushing toilets is either at or near an end. In the future, waste water will be recycled for at least nonpotable purposes . . . and increasingly for potable ones.
The book initially focuses on the United States and how drought and overuse of water resources threatened both Las Vegas and Atlanta . . . and how the two cities differed in their approaches. I was fascinated to learn that all waste water in Las Vegas is already treated and pumped back into Lake Mead for future reuse .Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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.
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.