Contents Introduction 1. A Floating Planet 2. Privatisation And The Perrier `Revolution' 3. Disasters, Natural And Otherwise 4. A Short Trip On The Amazon 5. Bitter Harvests 6. Virtual Water 7. Water And Global Warming 8. Ya Basta! Enough Is Enough 9. What Is To Be Done? 10. A New World Water Order Bibliography Index
Mike Gonzalez is Emeritus Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the co-editor of Arms and the People (Pluto, 2012) and author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-first Century (Pluto, 2014) Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan journalist and writer for television and film. Until January 2009 she worked for the Venezuelan State Oil Corporation (PDVSA) as a journalist and documentary maker.
'A positive, necessary, and timely introduction to the mammoth global problems we will face for some time to come' -- Marx & Philosophy Review of Books 'A grim reminder and a wake-up call to liberate water from the predominant notion that 'whoever controls water controls society'' -- Current Science 'Books like this are rare. Eloquent, poetic, enraged, committed, Marxist, environmentalist, written from the Global South, a book full of fire.' -- Jonathan Neale, author of Stop Global Warming, Change the World 'In this sobering account of hydro-politics, Gonzalez and Yanes remind us that human greed - not environmental inadequacy - lies at the heart of the global water 'crisis'.' -- Dr Marcelle Dawson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Vice-President, Research Committee 47 (Social Classes and Social Movements), International Sociological Association. 'A definitive analysis of the current world water challenge. To understand the "crisis of governance" that has changed water as a human right to a profitable commodity for financial interests, you must read The Last Drop.' -- Marcela Olivera is the coordinator of the Red VIDA, an Inter-American water justice network. 'Water is a resource that belongs to all of us, and this perceptive book takes issue with the way global capitalism has redefined water as a commodity, and depicts the bitter harvest that has resulted from water privatisation.' -- Richard Boyd Barrett T.D. (Member of Irish Parliament) 'Seminal' -- LSE Review of Books