Charles Fishman — The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
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“The water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Rather than only three states of water—liquid, ice, and vapor—there is a fourth, ‘molecular water,’ fused into rock 400 miles deep in the Earth, and that’s where most of the planet’s water is found. Unlike most precious resources, water cannot be used up; it can always be made clean enough again to drink—indeed, water can be made so clean that it’s toxic. Water is the most vital substance in our lives but also more amazing and mysterious than we appreciate. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this surprising and mind-changing narrative, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted. But the era of easy water is over.” –amazon.com review
Charles Fishman is the author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. Fishman’s previous book, the New York Times bestseller The Wal-Mart Effect, was the first to crack open Wal-Mart’s wall of secrecy, and has become the standard for understanding Wal-Mart’s impact on our economy and on how we live. The Economist named it a “book of the year.” Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism. Fishman grew up in Miami, Florida and attended Harvard University.