Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water in a World About to Run Out

Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water in a World About to Run Out

by Jeffrey Rothfeder

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An investigative journalist explores our world on the brink of running out of usable water.

Less than .0008 percent of the total water on Earth is fit for human consumption, but global consumption of fresh water is doubling every twenty years. Water has become perhaps our most precious commodity-a life-sustaining but increasingly rare and privatized resource. A dramatic gap exists between those who have adequate water for survival and those who don't, and tensions over water in some areas of the world hover just below open war.

From Europe to Asia to Africa to America, Jeffrey Rothfeder has visited the world's hot spots, those with the least amount of water, as well as places where there is so much of it that plans are in the works to sell the excess to the highest bidder. In this compelling narrative account of our world in turmoil over water, Rothfeder describes the issues and struggles of the people on all sides of the water crisis: from the scarred survivors of bizarre water-management practices, to those who are willing to die for water to sustain their families and crops, to the scientists and leaders who are trying to set things straight.

Important, provocative, and immensely readable, Every Drop for Sale explores a fascinating critical dilemma: As we run out of it, is water a fundamental right of everybody on Earth or just a product humans need that can be bought and sold like any other commodity?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440649783
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/19/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 273 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Rothfeder is a former Business Week editor and national news editor at Bloomberg News. The author of The People vs. Big Tobacco and Privacy for Sale, he has reported on water issues for national newspapers and has appeared on national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and 20/20. Rothfeder lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Every Drop For SalePreface to the 2004 Edition
Beginning: Scenes of a Crisis

1. Controlled Fury

2. Invisible Desert

3. Right or Need?

4. Private Ties

5. To the Highest Bidder

6. The Scramble to Restore

7. There Are No Winners

8. Planet Water

Ending: Salvation

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Every Drop for Sale 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a very nice read about the world water crisis. Gives nice examples about over usage of water and the results because of it. Brings up a point of is water a luxury or a necessity. At times it is a slow read, overall it is a good book. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riveting account of the past, present and future of the world's water supply, from an investigative pro who probes deep inside the issues both here and abroad. Rothfeder uncovers the global controversies and cover-ups that should make the plight of our water supply headline news. This balanced, well-researched and candid report is essential reading for the environmentally-evolved.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author does a good job of detailing the battles over water rights, describing the difficulties that arise when a human need as crucial as water is treated like a commodity.
IslandDave on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every Drop for Sale is a short book, only 191 pages, that tackles the long-ignored problem of water rights and access through the world. From the Hoover Dam to projects in Egypt, Bolivia, and Malaysia, author Rothfeder takes the reader on a journey through numerous water-centric anecdotes to support his thesis that water rights and access are a vital challenge for our world right now and must be a central concern for year to come. He touches on privatization and globalization of water, and offers a balanced view of the role each has (and may) play in the struggle for clean, available water. Each instance is light reading and doesn't involve much in the way of the science behind the water cycle, instead remaining at a social, political, and logistical discussion.For what this book attemps, namely to educate he reader on the wide variety of water-related troubles facing locales around the world, this book is excellent and easily digested. However, I offer two main reasons for giving this book a 3/5. First, it is very light on personal advice. This is by design, no doubt, but a bit of encouragement on how the reader might get involved and make a difference seems like a natural extention of the book's theme and is an opportunity missed by the author. Second, the book was written in 2001 and the stories the author relates are now greatly out of date. The points of emphasis at each story locale still stand, but many of the discussions of specific locales involve now-dated material. This is no fault of the author and happens with any current events book. A reader picking up this book for current info should be aware of this second point, however, and read the book for its thesis and not for its details. Well worth a quick read and is both eye-opening and enjoyable, even if a bit light on in-depth coverage of the issues. Three stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago