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    Description"One smart book . . . delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name." --"Newsweek"Acclaimed as "extraordinary" ("The New York Times") and "a classic" ("Los Angeles Times"), "The Big Necessity" is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste--something common to all and as natural as breathing. We prefer not to talk about it, but we should--even those of us who take care of our business in pristine, sanitary conditions. Disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable.Moving from the underground sewers of Paris, London, and New York (an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen) to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by 60,000 people, "The Big Necessity" breaks the silence, revealing everything that matters about how people do--and don't--deal with their own waste. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of consequences.

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    The Big Necessity
    The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rose George
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780805090833
    ISBN 10: 0805090835

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.2
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    Libri: I-TE
    B&T Approval Code: A83150000
    BIC subject category V2: TQSR
    BISAC V2.8: TEC010020
    DC22: 363.72
    DC21: 363.72
    LC classification: RA567 .G46 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: RNH, TQSR
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    07 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Rose George is a freelance writer and journalist who has written for "The New York Times," "Slate," and "The Guardian." She lives in London.
    Review quote
    "Rose George writes smart books about subjects we mostly prefer not to think about.... "The Big Necessity" is among the best nonfiction books of the new millennium." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" "Always articulate and persuasive... You will be hard-pressed to put this extraordinary book down." -- Abigail Zuger, "The New York Times""Superb... "The Big Necessity" belongs in a rare handful of studies that take a subject that seems fixed and familiar and taboo and make us understand that it is historically contingent and dazzlingly intriguing. Jessica Mitford did it with her classic study "The American Way of Death"; Michel Foucault did it with "Madness and Civilization." Rose George has produced their equal: a gleaming toilet manifesto for humankind." --"Slate"""The Big Necessity," Rose George's perfectly disquieting new book, is very good... With wit, narrative skill, and compassion, it allows us to examine a major international public health nuisance... That's not to say that the book is all gloom and doom or a ponderous drag. In fact, it's a breeze. Ms. George is a lucid, supple writer, and approaching the subject as a journalist, she's able to tell her story on several different registers. And, quite honestly, the topic is fascinating." --"New York Observer""[Written] with wit and style... Valuable and often entertaining... Should become a classic in the annals of coprology." --"Los Angeles Times""Fascinating and eloquent." --"The Economist""A persuasive volume." --"Entertainment Weekly""Delves into the taboo subject with tact, sensitivity--and the right amount of style... George introduces the reader to a fascinating and enlightening universe." --"Time""One smart book... delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name." --"Newsweek""The weight of information that Rose George brings to "The Big Necessity" is astonishing... There are so many interesting s