The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity

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qOne smart book . . . delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name.q --Newsweek Acclaimed as qextraordinaryq (The New York Times) and qa classicq (Los Angeles Times), The Big Necessity is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste--something 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 waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable. Moving from the underground sewers of Paris, London, and New York (an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen) to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by 60, 000 people, The Big Necessity breaks the silence, revealing everything that matters about how people do--and don't--deal with their own waste. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of consequences.Some tunnels are several meters in diameter and wide enough to drive a Mini Cooper through. ... Rob Smith is my guide. ... What lighting director wouldna#39;t want to rise to the task of shadowing a Harry Lime in black, white, and gray menace?

Title:The Big Necessity
Author:Rose George
Publisher:Macmillan - 2009-07-07


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