Waterblogged.info’s summer reading list! Part 1

All titles are linked to Powell’s Books of Portland, Oregon. Powell’s listings have a synopsis of each book.

Every Drop for Sale by Jeffrey Rothfeder–Excellently researched, passionately written. A great introduction to the global water crisis. We’ve referenced it in It’s a drought, stupid! pt. 3: Georgia and the Chattahoochee River and Controlled Fury.


When the Rivers Run Dry
by Fred Pearce–Another fine and passionate introduction to global water woes and worries by a noted expert. We cited it in our second post Ten not-so-fun facts about water, The amazing disappearing lakes, pt. 2: The Aral Sea, Dam Demolition Derby: three down, 74,997 to go, and Desalination back in the day.

The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin–All, (maybe more than you need) to know about the Great Lakes. From the synopsis: Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Central Asia’s Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? We’ve cited it in numerous posts, most directly in The Great Lakes Water Wars!, wherein we discuss the dubious practice of referring to water disputes as wars.


To the Last Drop: A Novel of Water, Oppression, and Rebellion
by Andrew Wice–Texas invades New Mexico in this prolific young author’s fictional account of a fiercely fought water war in the Southwest. Those who like fun and facts mixed with their fiction will definitely not be disappointed. Download Pt. 1 from the book’s site.

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. by Cynthia Barnett–Barnett is a noted journalist and water expert. From the publisher’s comments in Powell’s synopsis:”With lively prose and a journalist’s eye for a good story, Cynthia Barnett offers a sobering account of water scarcity problems facing Florida–one of our wettest states–and the rest of the East Coast.”

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2 Responses

  1. Pretty pessimistic list. Any economists out there?

  2. I really enjoyed When Rivers Run Dry by Mr. Pearce. In fact, I am using several quotes from his book in my upcoming talk at the Solutions for the Water Economy Conference in San Francisco on August 5, 2008. It is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in water issues.

    I would also like to note that one of my books entitled, Understanding Water and Terrorism, received a tribute last month. The link is:

    http://werichanel.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/differents-life-for-entire-family/

    Or you can visit my website: http://www.hcourtyoung.com to check out this moving video about the impacts of terrorism.

    Sincerely,
    H. Court Young
    Author, publisher & geologist
    Promoting awareness through the written word
    http://www.hcourtyoung.com
    *Visit my wedsite to subscribe to my free ILLUME newsletter -Bringing timely issues to light – and get my free 3-part mini-course entitled How to Prepare for the Coming Energy Crisis*

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