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Author Workman, James G.

Title Heart of dryness : how the last bushmen can help us endure the coming age of permanent drought / James G. Workman.

Publication Info. New York : Walker & Co., 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  306.0899 WORKMAN    Check Shelf
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description x, 323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-301) and index.
Contents Kalahari rivals -- Crossing the threshold -- Intransigent eve -- The desiccation of Eden -- Besieged and besieger -- The rule of water -- Dispersal -- Forage or farm? -- Quest for meat -- Survival of the driest -- Water for elephants only -- The paradox of bling -- Oriented against the sun -- Cradling every drop -- The reckoning -- Haggling over the source of all life -- Human rights, water wrongs -- Primal instincts and the realpolitik of water -- Intimations of genocide -- Escalation of terrorist activity -- An open heart -- Release -- The verdict -- The end of the beginning -- What would Bushmen do?.
Summary The Bushmen of the Kalahari provide a cautionary tale about water in the 21st century--and offer unexpected solutions for our time. Author James G. Workman chronicles the saga of the Bushmen--remnants of one of the world's most successful cultures, today at the epicenter of Africa's drought--in their widely publicized recent battle with the government of Botswana, in the process of exploring the larger story of what many feel has become the primary resource battleground of the 21st century: the supply of water. Each year, around the world, inadequate water kills more humans than AIDS, malaria, and wars combined. Global leaders pray for rain; Bushmen tap more pragmatic solutions. Workman illuminates the present and coming tensions we will all face over water and shows how, from the remoteness of the Kalahari, an ancient and resilient people is showing the world a viable path through the encroaching Dry Age.--From publisher description.
Subject San (African people) -- Social conditions.
San (African people) -- Government relations.
San (African people) -- Land tenure.
Ethnoecology -- Kalahari Desert.
Droughts -- Kalahari Desert.
Desert ecology -- Kalahari Desert.
Water conservation -- Kalahari Desert.
Kalahari Desert -- Social conditions.
Kalahari Desert -- Environmental conditions.
ISBN 9780802715586
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