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- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005122XXY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“As always with Mr. Fagan's work, the range is dazzling, the focus sharp and the pictures vivid...The author holds us with his glittering eye, as he conjures a vision of a world with water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” ―Wall Street Journal
“Juxtaposes ancient and contemporary cultures' veneration of water with the current commodification of it …Fagan is a passionate and lively writer.” ―Los Angeles Times
“… examines societies' relationships with water since ancient times, and describes how the advance of technology has led to unsustainable management and depletion of our most valuable resource.” ―Chronicle of Higher Education
“It is hard to imagine industrial societies regaining some sense of water as sacred. The best we might hope for in the near term is a new-found respect for water. Reading Fagan's book is an enjoyable way of gaining that respect, by taking a tour through the hard-won lessons of the past.” ―Nature Climate Change
“Eye-opening….making sense of water and its place in the development of civilization....[Fagan] understands how the ancients struggled with changing climate and that what matters has always been the fluctuating availability of water, rather than shifting temperatures. That is an important lesson for us now.” ―Washington Post
“Supplying intriguing historical background, Fagan well informs those pondering freshwater's role in contemporary environmental problems.” ―Booklist
“Important and, from a New York Times best-selling author, accessible to all.” ―Library Journal
“Fagan prompts an appreciation of water's centrality to civilization and of human ingenuity.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A rewarding survey of water's role in history and contemporary politics alike.” ―Kirkus
“Not just a fascinating book, but also an important one… [a] marvelous history… Don't take water or Elixir for granted. Give this important book a read--and then maybe send a copy to your local representative or senator.” ―Mother Nature Network
“At a time of increasing threats of regional ‘water wars,' Elixir provides crucial temporal depth and worldwide scope to an emerging water scarcity crisis that we can no longer ignore. Fagan's detailed examination of past use and abuse of water--highlighted by personal experience--makes his book not only a major source on the subject but, as usual, enjoyable reading.” ―R. Gwinn Vivian, curator emeritus of archaeology, Arizona State Museum, author of The Chaco Handbook
“[Fagan] is a beguiling writer and his lessons from global experience are both refreshing and sobering.” ―Daily Express (UK)
“A comprehensive look at the history of water control… there are places on the earth today where our water control systems are breaking down, and most of us don't yet recognize how devastating the effects of that will be. Elixir helps that realization… This book is one of the best pop science books I've read in a long time…there is much to reread and contemplate.” ―About.com
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All of his books are treasures. Especially this one. DO READ IT!
But lay Japanese knows Chinese history more than fagan knows.
Sorry but it is the case.
Preferably exchange Chinese history to the sailings or shipbuilding.
However, this book is poorly written and organized. I would say its writing is the worst among the 50+ books I've read since 2010. There is no flow between paragraphs. Here's what a typical page looks like: One paragraph talks about "X" and the very next paragraph jumps to "Y" with no coherent connection. Oftentimes, sentences are very convoluted. If you submitted any page of this book as a writing assignment for a college-level English writing class, you would probably get a C+.
One cannnot simply "read" this book. One has to "study" this book, which I did.