Amazon Reviews for The Chlorine Revolution
By James K. Edzwald (So. Deerfield, MA USA):
It is a fascinating history of the introduction of chlorine as a disinfectant and focuses on the Jersey City Trial. Jersey City is the first to have continuous chlorine application. The story is intriguing and you discover the importance of Dr. John Leal to the water field. I highly recommend.
James K. Edzwald, Professor Emeritus – UMass
By California Prof:
You might expect the story of how chlorine was adopted as the standard disinfecting treatment for our drinking water to be told by a journalist or an historian. But in *The Chlorine Revolution* it is told (for the first time in a book) by a leading expert on water quality, a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Aimed at lay readers as well as professionals, and based on a great deal of original research in a wide range of archives as well as a thorough knowledge of the existing secondary literature, McGuire’s book is sure to be the definitive account of the chlorine story for years to come.
At the book’s core are the stories of two pivotal lawsuits, the first involving a highly technical contract dispute between Jersey City, NJ and the city’s water supply company, the second centering on the question whether the introduction of chlorine into the water supply was in fact beneficial or harmful. It was the latter suit that finally assured the success of “the chlorine revolution.” McGuire identifies two revolutionary heroes in this saga, both inadequately appreciated before now, the sanitary engineer George Warren Fuller and the physician John L. Leal.
But McGuire also tells a much broader and more detailed history, covering nineteenth century theories of disease, the ravages of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever, early attempts at disinfecting water supplies through filtration and other means, and the stories of the work of dozens of engineers, physicians, and bacteriologists who contributed to the massive undertaking of sanitation in the nineteenth century. Readers of his book stand to learn an tremendous amount not only about water and engineering, but about medicine, politics, and even the law. Not to mention Jersey City.
By Penelope Grenoble:
It’s hard to think that safe and clean drinking water, something we now take for granted, could have once posed a serious threat to human health. McQuire takes us down the long road to safeguard our water supply at the beginning of the twentieth century and does it in a way that lay readers can understand. In doing so he does us all a great service, reminding us of what it takes to guarantee that the water that comes out of our tap is safe to drink and spotlighting the drinking water professionals who make it so. He does this in clear and engaging prose, and I couldn’t help but think that public health officials and activists engaged in protecting our natural resources could benefit from this intriguing and thought provoking story.
Penelope Grenoble Editor, Source magazine
By David LaFrance:
Trust me you don’t have to be a water chemist to appreciate this intriguing and true story. And after reading this you will enjoy every glass of water even more than you do now. This is a true story full of twists and turns–real life being better than fiction–of how courageous individuals, willing to risk their professional careers stopped water borne disease. While today we take for granted the use of chlorine as a water disinfectant, at the time of this revolution (1906 to 1910) it was quite controversial. If you care about public health, if you care about water, you will read this.
By Paul Crocker:
As a Kansas Class IV water treatment operator I’ve been around chlorine all my life; from the water I drink, the water I swim in at the local pool, and to the millions of gallons of water processed every day at my water treatment plant. But until I read The Chlorine Revolution Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives I didn’t know the whole story. Mr. McGuire has penned an excellent historical accounting of how Chlorine, element #17 from the periodic table has dramatically improved our health and our lives. This is a must read for anyone interested in water!