The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future

PublicAffairs: Perseus. Jun. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781541702271. $30. SCI
Thorough, meticulous, and eminently readable, this book by water expert and MacArthur Award–winning Gleick both defines and details the three ages of water: water in nature, the emergence of human civilizations and the lessons learned about manipulating water, and the choices that humans have now to prevent a future rife with inadequate resources and to manage and sustain what exists. The author provides a global survey of water that is thorough and culturally and religiously balanced. He does not advocate for just one way to solve all the planet’s water woes. Instead, he offers readers a collection of solutions that work together.
VERDICT This book urges readers to consider that there are already solutions to the world’s water crisis, though humankind may not have the political, social, and cultural will to implement those solutions. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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