Deep Water by Jacques Leslie
The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment

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"If the wars of the last century were fought over oil, the wars of this century will be fought over water." -Ismail Serageldin, The World Bank



The giant dams of today are the modern Pyramids, colossally expensive edifices that generate monumental amounts of electricity, irrigated water, and environmental and social disaster.



With Deep Water, Jacques Leslie offers a searching account of the current crisis over dams and the world's water. An emerging master of long-form reportage, Leslie makes the crisis vivid through the stories of three distinctive figures: Medha Patkar, an Indian activist who opposes a dam that will displace thousands of people in western India; Thayer Scudder, an American anthropologist who studies the effects of giant dams on the peoples of southern Africa; and Don Blackmore, an Australian water manager who struggles to reverse the effects of drought so as to allow Australia to continue its march to California-like prosperity.



Taking the reader to the sites of controversial dams, Leslie shows why dams are at once the hope of developing nations and a blight on their people and landscape. Deep Water is an incisive, beautifully written, and deeply disquieting report on a conflict that threatens to divide the world in the coming years.



 

About Jacques Leslie

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Jacques Leslie is the author of The Mark: A War Correspondent's Memoir of Vietnam and Cambodia. A draft of Deep Water has won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, judged by Ted Conover, Sara Mosle, and Jonathan Harr. Leslie lives in Mill Valley, California.
 
Published May 15, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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In the early 1970s, Leslie writes, large dams rose at the rate of 1,000 a year, but far fewer are now going up, in part because the best places to locate dams have been used, in part because engineers know more about the destructive effects of dams, in part because local activists have been succe...

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Whether it’s an activist who lives to stop dams in her country (and is desperate to drown for her cause), an anthropologist who spends his life looking for one good dam that doesn’t destroy the communities it touches, or an engineer who struggles to keep the habitable parts of Australia from dryi...

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