|Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle over America's Drinking Water Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Royte, Elizabeth
ISBN: 159691372X ISBN-13: 9781596913721
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
OUR PRICE: $15.30
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2009
* Not available - Not in print at this time *Annotation: In this intelligent, eye-opening work of narrative journalism, Royte does for water what Eric Schlosser did for fast food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from nature to the supermarkets.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Bottled water industry; Social aspects.
- Bottled water; Social aspects.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
- Nature | Ecology
|Academic/Grade Level: General Adult|
|Book type: Non-Fiction|
|Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.55 lbs) 266 pages|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
An incisive, intrepid, and habit-changing narrative investigation into the commercialization of our most basic human need: drinking water.
Having already surpassed milk and beer, and second now only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we're hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we're drinking and why.
In this intelligent, eye-opening work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Eric Schlosser did for fast food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from nature to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? What happens when a bottled-water company stakes a claim on your town's source? Should we have to pay for water? Is the stuff coming from the tap completely safe? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What's the environmental footprint of making, transporting, and disposing of all those plastic bottles?
A riveting chronicle of one of the greatest marketing coups of the twentieth century as well as a powerful environmental wake-up call, Bottlemania is essential reading for anyone who shells out two dollars to quench their daily thirst.
Elizabeth Royte has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, and The New Yorker. She is the author of Garbage Land and The Tapir's Morning Bath.