Praise for Deep Water
Praise for Deep Water, published in paperback by Picador in 2006 and in hardback by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2005:
"Leslie has written a volume that is heir, both in organization and in power, to Encounters With the Archdruid, John McPhee's classic profile of David Brower and his fight against damnation."
-Bill McKibben, OnEarth Magazine
"Deep Water is not a book about dams, as it were, but about three people whose lives have been lived in the tall shadows of dams. This makes all the difference. It renders in human scale issues whose contours are vastly spreading, difficult to read, intertwined, and contradictory....
Leslie is a keen observer of people and an evocative cartographer of place. He has spent years on research and traveled far and repeatedly, often to speak to people who had few more possessions than the chairs on which they and Leslie sat. He delivers scene and mood with the economy and precision of a good novelist. His profiles are so well observed one forgets that the characters have not sprung from his own imagination."
-Tom Vanderbilt, Columbia Journalism Review
"Leslie's edgy, potent, and in-depth inquiry unveils the drastic, unintentional consequences of dams and exposes yet more evidence of the catastrophic results of allowing greed and politics to trump science and justice."
-Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Jacques Leslie's [book] about dams around the world persuasively argues that water will be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th: an increasingly scarce but crucial natural resource that is `the prize' on a global battlefield. It's a struggle that involves every possible issue-economic globalization, international politics, the clash of cultures, global warming, agricultural policy and conservation. Through the personal and professional experiences of an Indian activist, an American anthropologist and [an Australian water manager], Leslie explores and elucidates this complex material and makes it intelligible in elegant, beautiful prose."
- the citation by judges Ted Conover, Jonathan Harr, and Sara Mosle for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award given to Deep Water