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The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert    by Craig Childs order for
Secret Knowledge of Water
by Craig Childs
Order:  USA  Can
Back Bay, 2001 (2000)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Leslie Owen

Craig Childs has spent many years in the deserts of Western America as a river guide, adventurer, and field instructor. He displays an unparalleled passion for the misunderstood place called the desert.

In The Secret Knowledge of Water, Childs not only explains how to obtain water in the desert, but also shows the reader how to become in tune with the natural rhythms of the sandy landscape. The book has a great deal of information on the geography of American deserts and survival techniques. This includes tips on finding water and making shelter, information about plants and animals that inhabit deserts, and sage advice about what to do if lost in the desert.

After reading The Secret Knowledge of Water, the reader may never think of the desert in the same way again. Childs paints a painstaking, yet beautiful picture of the harsh terrains we simply call desert.

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