The Ripple Effect

The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century
The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century. Scribner. Jun. 2011. c.448p. index. ISBN 9781416535454. $27. SCI
What does water mean to individuals, to daily life, to a society? We frequently take its availability for granted. This complacency is what provoked Prud'homme (The Cell Game) to write this book. With his acute journalist's instincts, he investigates numerous issues surrounding water, including its quality, availability, ownership, and infrastructure in both the United States and the rest of the world. In this high-stakes story, bolstered by extensive research and in-depth interviews with experts, Prud'homme guides readers on an "intellectual adventure" to better understand why water is "the most valuable resource on earth," and, more important, he demonstrates why water is "the resource that will define this century."
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers of nature and political science books.
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