About Steven Solomon

Steven Solomon

Steven Solomon has written for The New York Times, Business Week, ForbesEsquire, and has been a regular commentator on NPR’s Marketplace. He has appeared on BBC-TV, CBS Evening News, ‘Morning Joe’, the late Tim Russert’s CNBC show, Fox News, PBS’ Tavis Smiley, Al-Jazeera, among others. He has been a featured radio guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, Diane Rehm, The World, and Talk of the Nation, Larry Mantle’s AirTalk, and the Jim Bohannon Show.


He has addressed the Carnegie Council, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), NYU’s Law and Security Institute, World Policy Institute, World Affairs Council, Zócalo Public Square, and delivered keynotes to the Water Environment Federation, WaterSmart Innovation.


He is author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

(HarperCollins 2010), which was a Finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A previous book, The Confidence Game (Simon & Schuster 1995), presciently warned about mounting dangers in the volatile global financial system. He lives in Washington D.C. ,with his family.

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Contact: snsolwater@gmail.com

  • Pumping water with a Treadle Pump in Kenya, Africa.


  1. Hope you’ll be lecturing in NYC soon!

  2. I just finished your book and I thought you did a very fine job of providing a history of civilization and the very critical role water has played. I think your discussion of the predicament in which we find ourselves today is likely very accurate. Where I might quibble a bit is your solution to our problem. Until we somehow address the population growth issue, we are essentially kidding ourselves. If we fail at that, and I am afraid we will, we will then have to hope and pray for some technological miracle to pull us through.
    In fact, although your solutions are well intended and are the right thing to do, the result of those solutions actually exacerbates the situation. More people that this planet has to support.

    Thanks for a great read and, hopefully, your next book will be “Population.”

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