Book Report: The Big Thirst

Book title and author: The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman

Main idea of story: The book explores the economic side of water, shining a light on and putting into perspective the necessity of water in our daily lives.

Main characters in the story: Many cases are presented throughout the book, in addition to research, studies and surveys. Fishman also presents compelling stories of leaders in the water industry.

Something unique and interesting about the story/book for readers to know: Fishman maintains a positive tone while discussing the often serious and disappointing subject of water scarcity. This book offers practical suggestions to change our attitude towards water and use less water without making drastic changes to our behavior!

Favorite part of the story/book and why: In Chapter 9, Fishman observes the widely varying cost of water in different cities and states, bringing examples of farmers getting water for next to nothing and Las Vegas residents paying relatively huge sums for their everyday water use. He dives into factors effecting water use and questions the status quo opinion about a “fair” price for water.

Was this book entertaining, educational, amusing, etc.?: Overall, the book is educational, but the stories and statistics are sure to keep the reader entertained.

Would you recommend this book? Without a doubt! Anyone with an interest in water and/or economics is sure to enjoy!


We aren’t the only ones who enjoyed the read! Check out what others had to say about the book below!


“Extensively researched yet highly readable … The most fascinating conclusion of The Big Thirst is that there is no global water crisis, but a lot of local water crises that can each be solved at the local level.”

  • The Miami Herald

“A captivating account … overflowing with stories large and small about water.”

  • The Wall Street Journal

“Is it all over for water? In this comprehensive, entertaining, and torrential flow of a book, journalist Charles Fishman answers with a definitive no … The Big Thirst is a key read … Informative and wide-ranging … a delight.”

  • Nature


If you’ve read The Big Thirst, we are happy to hear your thoughts! Until next time, keep reading and stay thirsty friends!