Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (UK Edition)

October 31, 2020
Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (UK Edition)

'As fascinating as it is beautifully written' JAREDDIAMOND, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs andSteelRivers, more than any road, technology or politicalevent, have shaped the course of civilization.Rivers have opened frontiers, defined borders, supported trade,generated energy and fed billions. Most of our greatest citiesstand on river banks or deltas, and our quest for mastery hasspurred staggering advances in engineering, science and law. Riversand their topographic divides have shaped the territories ofnations and the migration of peoples, and yet - as their resourcesbecome ever more precious - can foster cooperation even among enemystates. And though they become increasingly domesticated, theyremain a formidable global force: these vast arterial powerspromote life but are capable of destroying everything in theirpath.From ancient Egypt to our growing contemporary metropolises,Rivers of Power reveals whyrivers matter so profoundly to human civilization, and how theycontinue to be indispensable to our societies andwellbeing.'Takes readers on a tour of the world's great rivers - past,present and future. The result is fascinating, eye-opening,sometimes alarming, and ultimately inspiring'Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning authorof The Sixth Extinction'A tour de force ... From Herodotus musing on the Nileto the dam makers of modern China, this is their story'Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers RunDry'Instructive and entertaining' TheTimes