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    DescriptionFar 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. 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, the Roman Empire, medieval China, and Islam's golden age to Europe's rise, the steam-powered Industrial Revolution, and America's century. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century's decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.As modern society runs short of its most indispensable resource and the planet's renewable water ecosystems grow depleted, an explosive new fault line is dividing humanity into water Haves and Have-nots. Genocides, epidemic diseases, failed states, and civil warfare increasingly emanate from water-starved, overpopulated parts of Africa and Asia. Water famines threaten to ignite new wars in the bone-dry Middle East. Faltering clean water supplies menace the sustainable growth and ability of China and India to feed themselves. Water scarcity is inseparably interrelated to the global crises of energy, food, and climate change. For Western democracies, water represents no less than the new oil--demanding a major rethink of basic domestic and foreign policies--but also offering a momentous opportunity to relaunch wealth and global leadership through exploiting a comparative advantage in freshwater reserves. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Steven Solomon's 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.

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    The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven Solomon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    ISBN 13: 9780060548308
    ISBN 10: 0060548304

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RNF
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    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: NAT038000
    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC010030
    DC22: 553.7
    BIC subject category V2: RNFD
    B&T Approval Code: L45554000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: CB482 .S65 2010
    Thema V1.0: NHB, RNF
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    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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    Publication date
    15 February 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Steven Solomon has written a riveting historical manifesto on behalf of Water Power. His sweeping narrative, covering centuries, is awe-inspiring. I learned a tremendous amount of usable knowledge from this fine work."--Douglas Brinkley, author of "The Wilderness Warrior"