There are five new popular books on water this year

by on July 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm in Books, Economics, History | Permalink

The two I will recommend are:

Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.  It offers a very good history of water technologies, here is one good review.

David Zetland, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.  Of the five books, this one has the most policy truth.  Also, David reviews one of the other books.

1 jorod July 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Every few years, some one writes about water scarcity. Then the government makes one-size-fits-all policy changes and it makes things worse.

2 Rahul July 18, 2011 at 4:10 am

They have been warning us for years, but things don’t seem to have gotten perceptibly worse.

3 mcd July 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

unrelated, but Craig Childs’ book The Secret Knowledge of Water is very good. http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Knowledge-Water-Discovering-American/dp/0316610690

4 kebko July 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

The way some people talk about water, you’d think it fell from the sky like manna.

5 jqhart July 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

You’d think it rolled down from the hills and sprung up from the ground. You’d think we have rivers and lakes and oceans full of the stuff. You’d think it was the most abundant molecule on the earth’s surface and other such absurd things,

6 Don't forget July 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

The classic book on water in Southern/Central California: Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner. It is copiously researched and very well written. Highly informative and a marvellous read.

7 TGGP July 19, 2011 at 12:40 am

A water engineer sometimes linked from this blog has recommendations:
http://onthepublicrecord.org/about-me/

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