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Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World
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Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World

Title: Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World
Author: Steven Mithen
Publisher: Harvard University Press
There is a narrow sidewalk next to US Route 93 at the boundary between Nevada and Arizona. I am not usually inclined to walk alongside four-lane highways, especially those used by 20,000 vehicles daily and in the 43 degrees Celsius heat of a July afternoon. But this took me to the centre of a bridge, 270 metres above the Colorado River and to a perfect view of the Hoover Dam. Constructed almost seventy years ago, this remains a dramatic icon of the human endeavour to control the most precious resource on planet earth: water.
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