STEVEN SOLOMON is a Washington, DC-based author and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, and Esquire, and has been a regular commentator on NPR’s Marketplace. He is the author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a finalist for the 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.