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Water : The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization



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Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe. In "Water," Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America's century. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, "Water" is a groundbreaking account of man's most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.

Author Biography

Steven Solomon is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Business-Week, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire, and has commented on NPR's Marketplace. He is also the author of The Confidence Game. Solomon lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. XI
Prologuep. 1
Water in Ancient History
The Indispensable Resourcep. 9
Water and the Start of Civilizationp. 15
Rivers, Irrigation, and the Earliest Empiresp. 24
Seafaring, Trade, and the Making of the Mediterranean Worldp. 59
The Grand Canal and the Flourishing of Chinese Civilizationp. 96
Islam, Deserts, and the Destiny of History's Most Water-Fragile Civilizationp. 126
Water and the Ascendancy of the West
Waterwheel, Plow, Cargo Ship, and the Awakening of Europep. 157
The Voyages of Discovery and the Launch of the Oceanic Erap. 180
Steam Power, Industry, and the Age of the British Empirep. 211
Water and the Making of the Modern Industrial Society
The Sanitary Revolutionp. 249
Water Frontiers and the Emergence of the United Statesp. 266
The Canal to America's Centuryp. 302
Giant Dams, Water Abundance, and the Rise of Global Societyp. 322
The Age of Scarcity
Water: The New Oilp. 367
Thicker Than Blood: The Water-Famished Middle Eastp. 384
From Have to Have-Not: Mounting Water Distress in Asia's Rising Giantsp. 417
Opportunity from Scarcity: The New Politics of Water in the Industrial Democraciesp. 448
Epiloguep. 487
Acknowledgmentsp. 497
Notesp. 501
Select Bibliographyp. 551
Photograph Creditsp. 565
Indexp. 567
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