Flushed by W. Hodding Carter
How the Plumber Saved Civilization

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Hodding Carter writes, "The unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers...the humble plumber.... The Irish may have saved civilization, once, but plumbers have done so countless times."

When we consider the amenities that really make a difference in our well-being, surely good plumbing must rank near the top. But rarely have we taken the time to appreciate the engineering marvels that bring clean water into our homes with the turn of a tap and wash our waste products away with the flip of a lever. Until now.

Witty, anecdotal, and thoroughly entertaining, Flushed not only chronicles the long and notable history of plumbing, but follows Hodding Carter's travels and travails as he casts his own Roman lead water pipes inspired by the writings of Pliny the Elder, descends into the sewers of London, installs a state-of-the-art Japanese toilet in his bathroom, and fearlessly tries to understand everything about this most underappreciated pillar of civilization.

A winning combination of history, science, and firsthand experience, Flushed will entertain and educate all those who have never contemplated the hidden intricacies of this miracle of everyday technology.

About W. Hodding Carter

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W. Hodding Carter has written for several national magazines, including Esquire, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and Outside. The author of Westward Whoa, A Viking Voyage, and An Illustrated Viking Voyage, he lives with his family in Rockport, Maine.
Published May 23, 2006 by Atria Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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(That said, he eschews such terms as manure and fecal matter whenever possible and shows favoritism for the word “poop.”) This foray includes Carter’s minimally successful attempt to create a working water pipe from molten lead poured into a sheet mold in the manner of ancient Rome and his underg...

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Anecdotes and interviews pair well with thorough history and technical explanation, and Carter reserves a chapter to discuss the plumber himself: his profession, his training, and why, in the case of a nuclear holocaust, plumbers ""will be our knights in droopy jeans."" Though he can be a little ...

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