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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."

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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.


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"So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, 'Let me not see the death of the boy.' So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, 'What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.' Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink." -- Genesis 21:14-19 (NKJV)

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 .
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A very interesting description of the new reality of water for mankind. Examples and real situations are well narrated. However something is missing when capturing the attention of the reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Too important to ignore 25. April 2011
Von Glenn Ostle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As an editor in the pulp and paper industry, I'm aware of what our own industry is doing to use less water and recycle and reuse the water that it does use. But this book has given me a much broader view of the water issue thanks to Mr. Fishman's clever writing, excellent research, and fascinating stories drawn from his global travels. He has achieved the seemingly impossible by writing an entire book about the single topic of water, and making it fascinating reading. I'll never look at or think about water the same way again, and I've already found myself looking for little ways in which I can reduce my use of this precious resource.
This should be required reading for everyone.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Water, water everywhere 24. April 2011
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A whole book about water? Really?

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.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly written, but essential 25. Dezember 2011
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Never have I read a book so useful, so essential, but yet so terribly written. You can't afford not to read it, but as the author repeats himself over and over and over again (in exactly the same words even sometimes), you find yourself wishing there were a Cliff's Notes version where you could take in the information without all the useless wordiness. It's a tiresome drudgery of a book, but again...one you really can't afford not to read. It's essential, but boring; useful, but tedious; necessary, but somnambulistic. If you can get through this review without wanting to wring my neck...you might be ok.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun to read...cautionary tale...but optimistic 3. Mai 2011
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Truly entertaining stories that accomplish what few books of this type do: provides a stern warning without attempting to frighten. The book takes a hard look at some very dire situations but also provides some specific examples of places around the globe that have figured out an answer. Charles Fishman has crafted an impressionist painting that can be seen as a business book, a political book, a human drama, or a primer on the science and economics of water. The book takes the reader on a worldwide tour, from the splashy hotels on the Vegas strip to the poorest slums of India and lots of places in between.

No matter your expectations, this book will exceed them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Problem-solving at its best 28. April 2011
Von Flora Fauna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Big Thirst is a wonderful read.

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.
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