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The Big Necessity by Rose George
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Jan 24, 2009

it was amazing

This book was a fast and funny read both despite and because of the topic: s**t. Each chapter was devoted to a different take on a related issue internationally and in the US. I read it after learning that the Gates Foundation is promoting this book as part of an initiative to raise awareness and call attention to sanitation: it's not just about water and one of the most important determinants of our health. Of course, I found it interesting from a public health perspective, but I don't think that lens is required to find this topic that we normally don't think or talk much about both interesting and important. It'll entertain you, open your eyes and challenge your assumptions. If you are interested in health, international development, urban planning, environmental justice, history or cultural perspectives, or just learning new things, you'll like this. Really good stuff.

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