Mr. Wright, the Texas Congressman, is a member of the House Public Works Committee with an unquestionable commitment to his task. Sincerity lends eloquence to his otherwise plain words which deal with the mismanagement, waste and pollution of our most essential resource. Few of his facts or suggestions will surprise anyone who read about the problem which has had considerable newspaper and magazine coverage and Donald Carr's Death of the Sweet Waters (p. 173) has also publicized it. However Congressman Wright is addressing the average citizen and his post gives him a certain entree. While some may cavil that certain aspects have been slighted (for instance the political factors involved in any effective anti-pollutant campaign), by and large Wright's survey of possibilities, from de-salinization to the hundred billion NAWAPA project, is as detailed as could be expected in a book this size which is also notably free from special pleading.