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  • Smith takes readers on a tour of the world's great rivers. The result is fascinating, eye-opening, sometimes alarming, and ultimately inspiring.

    Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction
  • A tour de force - a narrative as powerful as the rivers he documents. He is up there with Jared Diamond - a storyteller with real craft. From Herodotus musing on the Nile to the dam makers of modern China, this is their story.

    Fred Pearce, author of When The Rivers Run Dry
  • This book about rivers is as fascinating as it is beautifully written

    Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel, and Upheaval
  • Passionate... and infectiously enthusiastic ... an eclectic journey through several millennia.

    Victor Mallet, The Financial Times
  • Instructive and entertaining. Smith's prose is clear and he explains scientific concepts well.

    The Times
  • A hymn to hydrology ancient and modern.

    The Spectator
  • Engaging, informative, magisterial in its coverage, intimidating in the scope of its command of the material, there's no end to the good things to be said about this book.

    Geography Realm

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