Water Wars

Water Wars

Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
"This is a wonderful book, a wake-up call of startling clarity and insight, with a flood of facts and anecdotes that place the abstract into riveting human perspective. I will never turn on the rap again without thinking about where water comes from and where it goes." (Ken Burns, producer and director of the Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz documentaries.)

The story of water is complex, with roots as deep as civilization itself, but what we hear about it today is simple and stark: the world's supply is in severe crisis. Even when we're not confronted with alarming news of another drought, we're reminded of environmental changes and a growing world population that threaten to turn water into a matter over which wars will be fought. Despite these urgent warnings, how many of us can say we understand the elemental forces that brought us to such a precarious state, or what we might do to get out of it?

Taking us on a world tour of the most hotly contested water climates, and introducing us to some of the most passionate advocates to emerge from them, Diane Raines Ward gives us a compelling account of where we've come from, and where we need to go. Why is the Fertile Crescent, historically one of the most lush places on earth, fast becoming a region of scarcity? What do Dutch watermen, steeped in their centuries-old, folkloric battle to protect their coasts, know about rising seas that we don't? Why are certain environmentalists so eager to dismantle thousands of years' worth of engineered solutions to distributing water? And how is it that the very technology vilified by conservationists may be the only thing that can save us? Through a narrative that's breathtakingly clear and filled with fresh insight, Ward answers these and other paradoxical questions, and gives us a bold perspective on a subject to which our fate is inextricably bound.

Baker & Taylor
Reveals the influence of water on politics and history, peeling back the layers of history to show the effect of this vital natural resource on human affairs.

Book News
Ward (co-director of a nonprofit organization working for conservation efforts in India) visits some of the controversies surrounding the use and management of water and water related infrastructure in Holland, California, Egypt, and other imperiled regions. She is not advancing any one particular argument, but rather looking at a variety of problems such as big dams, flooding, regional conflict over water rights, and irrigation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The story of water is fascinating, complex, with roots as deep as civilization. Despite its profound, life-giving role in our planet's history, what we hear about it today is mostly bad news: The world's supply is severely at risk. We're reminded of this daily, with word of another drought, or alarming statistics about pollution, population growth, and climate changes, which together threaten to make water, even more than oil, the cause of war within our life time. Why have we allowed something so elemental to our existence to drift into such a precarious state? And what can we do to change the course we're on?

& Taylor

The author reveals the influence of water on politics and history, peeling back the layers of history to show the effect of this vital natural resource on human affairs.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2002
ISBN: 9781573222297
Branch Call Number: 333.91 Ward 2002
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 24 cm


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