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'I heartily recommend the book as essential reading as is not only informative but also fun and easy to read.' --Barbara Frost, CE of WaterAid

Books such as this remind us that even in a world deplete with looming environmental crises, we should still find time to contemplate the future of our most precious resource. --Jonathan Wright, Geographical

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Professor Tony Allan is acknowledged as a world authority on water issues and as a leading voice for sustainable water development. He advises governments and organisations around the world and received the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 for his pioneering contributions to understanding and communicating water issues. He is Professor of Geography at King's College, University of London.

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It is well written and easy to understand 15 April 2015
By Craig Holman - Published on
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This is an outstanding book giving insight into a problem that we all will face individually and collectively. It is well written and easy to understand. Water will be the next gold and certainly a key to life as we know it. The hope we have is in the improved ability to gather information. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in our future.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Real Currency of the 21st Century 28 Oct. 2011
By James G. Workman - Published on
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Tony Allan has with this book proved himself more than a gentleman and a scholar. He is more than an eminent academic, globally recognized and lauded for changing how the world's water wonks regard water, food, and national security. By making his vision of the world accessible to all readers, including and especially my interdisciplinary liberal arts students, he reveals the side of him that wants us to understand what's at stake and feel empowered to do something about it.
Because of Allan and this book I can't eat a cereal bar without thinking of all the hundreds of gallons of water embedded in the grain, sugar and fruit center. I can't type this review on a computer without thinking of the water embedded in the energy (thermal, hydro, or worst of all biofuel) to keep my screen lit up and the cloud server storage running somewhere. And so it goes with my blue jeans, my insulated office, my paper.
Human ingenuity is unlimited.
Energy may be unlimited.
Fresh water? Profoundly and measurably limited.
That makes water -- more than gold, greenbacks, or oil the most valuable liquid asset on earth, and Allan becomes the modern day Adam Smith of how we can begin to give it the value it deserves.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Verbose, "clever," condescending, redundant, boring. 16 Jan. 2014
By C. Hughes - Published on
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This is the epitome of that psuedo-scientific swill written at the 4th grade level and marketed to NPR listeners with a promise to make them more worldly--yes, it's much worse that Thomas Friedman (or David Brooks)! Wipe your butt with it and put it in your compost toilet.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nice if you are sitting in an office 12 July 2013
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I am sure Tony Allen is a very clever man, and this is a neat little idea however the whole concept of "virtual water" is about as real world as the title suggests. It is an idea with terrible flaws and the flawed logic that might work on paper has been used by all manner of groups prosecuting agendas in the real world.

This is the stuff of breathless sensationalist headlines on the news and no doubt its author has generated much media for his department and most likely helped attract funding for his university with this concept, and after all isn't this what university academia is all about (or so it seems to me sometimes)

Don't waste your money would be my assessment
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