Praise for Heart of Dryness
“An astonishing synthesis of human and natural history, folly, scarcity, beauty, dignity and power. Heart of Dryness is a must-read for anyone invested in the future of life on earth.”
--Rick Bass, author of The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana
“In a highly original and very realistic manner, Heart of Dryness addresses one of the most important issues of our time. Workman's experiences and insights are fascinating. Botswana’s Bushmen are perhaps the most knowledgeable people in the world about water. The result is a real page-turner.”
--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Old Way and The Harmless People
“A fascinating read and great adventure story. The water challenge of this century must be informed by looking back in time to traditional desert cultures like the Bushmen.”
--Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior, Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, author of Cities in the Wilderness
“Heart of Dryness is an investigative and story-telling triumph. Workman's near-death experience upon entering the Kalahari places him, and us, in a position so primal that compassion suffuses every ensuing perception of the Bushmen. This remarkable book speaks to every neglected water user and water source on earth, showing a way back to accountability, sustainability, abundant life, and hope.”
--David James Duncan, author of The River Why
& The Brothers K
“Here are the universal politics of water uncovered by a storyteller who, from despair and tragedy in the Kalahari, opens our eyes to the planetary struggle underway to secure water for life on Earth. To win that struggle with water crisis looming, we will have to urgently learn from the water wisdom in Heart of Dryness.
--Mark Smith, Head, Water Programme, World Conservation Union
“What distinguishes this book is Workman’s ability to unpack the complex dynamics and politics surrounding one particular water conflict in the Kalahari and provide insights into how this particular situation sheds light on wider sector challenges across the globe. This is critical reading for those rightly concerned about the sustainability of our planet where water resources are under growing stress.
--Ned Breslin, CEO, Water for People