The Big Necessity by Rose George audiobook

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

By Rose George
Read by Karen Cass

Brilliance Audio 9780805082715

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781721336043

  • ISBN: 9781721336043

Runtime: 10.58 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

"One smart book . . . delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name." —Newsweek

Acclaimed as "extraordinary" (The New York Times) and "a classic" (Los Angeles Times), The Big Necessity is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste—something common to all and as natural as breathing. We prefer not to talk about it, but we should—even those of us who take care of our business in pristine, sanitary conditions. Disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable.

Moving from the underground sewers of Paris, London, and New York (an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen) to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by 60,000 people, The Big Necessity breaks the silence, revealing everything that matters about how people do—and don't—deal with their own waste. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of consequences.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What’s the single most significant factor in increasing the human life span? Forget antibiotics and penicillin—think toilets…An utterly disarming and engrossing tour of all things excremental.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This fascinating, wise, and scrupulously drawn portrait of the world and its waste will last long as a seriously important book. Like a literary treatment farm, it manages to turn the completely unpalatable into something utterly irresistible. Rose George, a brave, compassionate, and ceaselessly impeccable reporter—and, when needed, a very funny one too—has performed for us all who care a very great service.” Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author
“Breaks the embarrassed silence over the economic, political, social, and environmental problems of human waste disposal…From the depths of the world’s oldest surviving urban sewers in to Japan’s robo-toilet revolution, George leads an intrepid, erudite and entertaining journey through the public consequences of this most private behavior.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One smart book…delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name.” Newsweek

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Author

Author Bio: Rose George

Author Bio: Rose George Rose George is a British journalist and author. She began writing in 1994, as an intern at the Nation magazine in New York City. Later, she became a senior editor and writer at Colors magazine. In 1999, she moved to London and began a freelance career, and has since written for the Independent on Sunday, Arena, the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Details and others. Along the way, she has been war correspondent in Kosovo for Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and was twice a guest at Saddam Hussein’s birthday party. Until 2010, she was senior editor at large for Tank, a quarterly magazine of fashion, art, reportage and culture based in London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English