Review: San Francisco Chronicle - April 2, 2006
"Pearce does a masterful job of describing the raft of problems that drying rivers cause. . . . Pearce's anecdotes and examples are meticulously catalogued. . . . When the Rivers Run Dry is a timely book on an underreported issue. In an ideal world it would have a large audience here and abroad. . . .Those who patiently take Pearce's tour through the global water crisis will be treated to an enriching and farsighted work."
Review by: Carol Haggas, Booklist - March 28, 2006
"Former New Science news editor Pearce cogently presents the alarming ways in which this ecological emergency is affecting population centers, human health, food production, wildlife habitats, and species viability. Having crisscrossed the globe to research the economic, scientific, cultural, and political causes and ramifications of this under publicized tragedy, Pearce's powerful imagery, penetrating analyses, and passionate advocacy make this required reading for environmental proponents and civic leaders everywhere."
Review by: Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature - September 1, 2005
"Oil we can replace. Water we can't-which is why this book is both so ominous and so important."
Review by: Maude Barlow, coauthor of Blue Gold - September 1, 2005
"The growing global water crisis represents the greatest ecological and human rights crisis of our time. Fred Pearce has helped sound the alarm with this passionate, knowledgeable, and thoroughly researched book. A veteran reporter, Pearce cuts to the heart of the crisis and tells the human stories behind what can be soul-numbing facts. A great contribution."
Review by: James Speth, dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environ'l Studies - September 1, 2005
"Fred Pearce is an artist with a pen, writing beautifully and movingly about an emerging crisis that will galvanize the world's attention. Combine the water issue Pearce so cogently presents with the threat of global climate disruption and you have what's waiting for us if we don't respond-the perfect storm of the environment."
Review by: Lester Brown, president, Earth Policy Institute - September 1, 2005
"Carefully researched and clearly written, When the Rivers Run Dry is a landmark contribution to our understanding of the deteriorating world water situation. It is Fred Pearce at his best."
Review by: Catherine Caufield, author of Masters of Illusion - September 1, 2005
"These stories of floods, failed crops, engineering marvels, misplaced people, misspent monies, and backroom deals are fascinating in themselves, but Fred Pearce has done us all a good turn by bringing them together to show us what we will face if we allow ignorance or indifference to determine the future of water."