From small cities and towns like McCloud, California to large metropolises of New York and London, to villages in South Africa, Bolivia, and beyond, the pursuit of safe drinking water is universal and endless. The acquisition and distribution of clean water defines the most crucial problems we face today—from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change. James Salzman demonstrates how a single substance has shaped our world by demystifying the legendary pursuits, environmental history, and modern global repercussions behind the most fundamental commodity of all.
James Salzman holds joint appointments at Duke University as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law at the Law School and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He has written extensively on the topics of environmental conservation, population growth, and climate change.