Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization
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 th...more
Great little read, and even better cause Hodding Carter is fro ...more
W. Hodding Carter covers plumbing from the Ancient Indians, Greeks and Romans to modern day Japanese badet toilet in Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization , a meandering romp through sewers, both past and present.
Carter's light-hearted writing style makes it a fun read. He meanders all over the world of bathrooms, pipes and open-pit sewers but the trip is a fun one. There are a lot of detours, but it's fun and informative.
That being said, there are a couple of stumbl ...more
2006 W. Hodding Carter
So, plumbing. You use it. Chances are you wouldn't be alive without it, because civilizations without plumbing tend to be miserable places rife with disease. Despite its importance, not much fuss is made about plumbing; in fact, the topic is studiously avoided by various modern cultures, who have placed a taboo on the discussion of human waste. W. Hodding Carter rejects that taboo and his breezy account of plumbing’s cont ...more
It's informative (did you know toilet rooms at Roman baths had no privacy?), sweeping (what would happen if we used our sewage to make energy instead of spending energy to clean it?), and very funny. It made me ...more
I haven't read The Big Necessity, the other big sanitation book, but I might check it out to see if there is any more heft. I picked up this first because it had the historical bent I was looking for, and it delivered, just in a very light and frothy ...more
Entertaining mostly. Now and then a little tedious when he moves into memoir mode.
I picked this up after we learned that our old house in town was still on a septic tank although the sewer mains had been laid on our street back in the 1940s. It was a great adventure with the city workers and I loved understanding where our wastewater was going and where it should have been going.