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Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A Discover Magazine Top Science Book of the Year

A Northern California Book Award Finalist

There are more than 45,000 of them in the world. They have altered the speed of the planet's rotation, the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field. They influence landscapes and societies. They are dams, and in Deep Water, Jacques Leslie offers an incisive, searchin
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Picador (first published 2005)
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Mar 15, 2009 Seligne rated it liked it
Good for its treatment of the personalities behind the issues. I would have preferred more science.
Nov 09, 2015 Priya rated it it was ok
The book is about dams and their impact on the people and environment. Three different dams in three different continents. While one gets a good idea of what a dam does to the people around it, there is very little science and technical analysis talked about. The book instead dwells into the detailed day to day lives of dam activists and dam organisers which seemed pointless beyond a certain extent.
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Mar 25, 2015 Richard Reese rated it it was amazing
The completion of the Hoover Dam in 1935 was a head-snapping experience — something like the moon landing, or the atomic bomb — history-making techno-craziness. It was the greatest construction project in human history, and the world’s biggest power plant. It was a giant leap forward in humankind’s crusade to enslave and abuse Big Mama Nature, and leave behind enormous messes for the kids.

Legions of hustlers were thrilled to realize the fabulous new opportunities for becoming rich whilst not get
Apr 30, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
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This was written by a journalist who spends time with three different members on the World Committee on Dams. He goes to India and spends time with the people who are protesting the Narvada Dam project. He goes to Africa and follows around an engineer type who is building dams in southern Africa. I learned that the Okavango Delta flow inland rather than out to an ocean. The dam projects in Africa are horrible ill conceived projects. He also goes to Australia to look at the management of the Murr ...more
Impressive discourse on a troubling phenomenon.
Sep 12, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amy, Jenna
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An absolutely brilliant book until you reach the third (and last) section. Part travel essay and part environmental / anthropological exploration into the impact of dams around the world, this one's utterly fascinating. It would have earned 5 stars if the last third didn't jump around so damn much.
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