The Big Necessity - Rose George (Paperback)

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

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9781250058300
Department
Books
Released
9 Sep 2014
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Rose George
Subtitle
The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
St Martins Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
320
Dimensions
210 x 140mm

Annotation

Challenges popular taboos to raise awareness about the dangers, rising costs, and environmental concerns related to human waste, citing a high percentage of people in both developed and underprivileged nations who do not have access to properly maintained sewage systems and the efforts being made to address key problems. 40,000 first printing.

Summary

"One smart book...delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name."—Newsweek

Bodily waste is common to all and as natural as breathing. We prefer not to talk about it, but we should—even those of us who take care of our business in pristine, sanitary conditions. Disease spread by bodily waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in the United States, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet, while the sewers of major cities worldwide are an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George's The Big Necessity breaks the silence, turning the taboo subject into a cause with the most serious of consequences.

Non-Fiction

Author Bio

George, Rose: - Rose George is the author of The Big Necessity and Ninety Percent of Everything. A freelance journalist, she has written for The New York Times, Slate, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She lives in Yorkshire.