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Brian Fagan discusses and signs Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind

In this sweeping narrative spanning five millennia, Fagan shows how every human society has been shaped by its relationship to our most essential resource. From ancient Greece and Rome, whose mighty aqueducts still supply modern cities, to China, where emperors marshaled armies of laborers in the centuries-long struggle to tame powerful rivers, Fagan sets out three ages of water, identifying distinct perceptions and relationships with water, from precious and sacred to a controlled commodity. As we enter this third age of water crises, Fagan explores adopting the water ethos of our ancestors, and learning how to once again show humility, even reverence, for this vital liquid.


Event date: 
Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
695 E. Colorado Blvd
91101 Pasadena
Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608190034
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability

Published: Bloomsbury Press - June 14th, 2011