The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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"A narrative account of how water has shaped human society from the ancient past to the present"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060548308
Branch Call Number: 553.7 S689
Characteristics: x, 596 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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Jan 24, 2017

Lots of history here: water and civilisations in China, in the Middle East, in Europe and elsewhere. Water as barriers, water as highway, water as resource, water as curse.
Water transported by canals and aqueducts and water sellers. Sewage and disease. Drinking water, purer and potable, for the cities.
A well written overview.

Jan 14, 2016

The message of the book is critical, and is worth reading for Part 4 of the book, talking about water and politics in the 21st century. However, the writing style is drawn out, and Solomon rehashes ideas repeatedly, diluting the point and making for a tedious read at times.

Jul 23, 2012

Similar in premise to "Salt" or "Cod", Solomon weaves together history to demonstrate how harnessing the power of water is the foundation of all civilizations. Starting with ancient Western civilization and moving east, he paints a fascinating and detailed picture of how governments developed around their ability to overcome the natural variability water possesses. Be it for drinking, agriculture or navigating for trade: it is a convincing and well articulated book demonstrating how water management impacts(for better and worse) civilizations. Dense, but well worth wading through.

May 10, 2010

Water, not oil...the next struggle between nations.

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