Thirst by Scott Harrison


An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking ...

Details Thirst

Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Business, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Thirst

  • Cat W.
    So I didn't get this book for free, and I didn't pay for it. Got it at the public library, so here is an unbiased review. I love a good memoir, and this reads like one, albeit quite long. However, it's almost more of a memoir of charity: water than it is of its founder. I LOVE the podcast "How I Built This" with Guy Roz, in which he interviews founders of very successful companies and talks to them about how they built their brand. This was like ...
  • Donna
    This is an autobiography of Scott Harrison. I didn't know who he was before reading this. And to be honest I didn't like him at all in the beginning. Maybe he played up that part of his life to make the latter part of his life more appealing. I don't know and it doesn't really matter....but it worked. He has done much good in life and he has raised millions upon millions of dollars for his charity, that digs wells in Africa bringing clean water t...
  • Hannah Van Dyk
    i was really cynical about reading this book, because when you work for a non-profit, charity: water is the ideal. what i loved is scott harrison’s no-holding-back look at his failures and successes over 20 years. this book was refreshing, helped me learn more about the global water crisis, gave me some great perspective about why few non-profits will be charity: water (and why that is good + okay!), encouraged me to keep sharing incredible sto...
  • Heather
    Fairly well written for someone who's not really a writer, and just an amazing and inspiring story. I own a hardcover if anyone wants to borrow it.
  • Samuel Wood
    I received an early copy from Crown via my graduate program. Scott's story is tremendous and amazing. While reading it, there were times where I felt a presence come over me, as if something unseen resonated with what I was reading. Please buy this book when it's released in October.
  • Daniel Henderson
    This is my #1 for the year.
  • Ed Chang
    Amazing, touching story of a man on a path to reinvent himself and make a difference in the world
  • Julie Harding
    Between 3.5 and 4 stars. I may come back and up this to 4 stars. Parts of this were tremendously moving and inspirational, while others were a bit boring. Scott Harrison's Thirst: A Story of Redemption is a worthy and inspirational tale, if a little long-winded. The incredible parts included his mother's illness, his crazy partying, his journey towards founding a leading charity with zero experience, and the unbelievable stories of individual don...
  • Cindy Luis
    This is a very personal story by Scott Harrison of his journey from a confused, rebellious young boy whose mother had a strange illness and whose parents became zealous in their faith to a selfish, partying young man to the founder of a wonderful charity hoping to make a real difference in this world! The book is easy to read and will touch your heart and soul. Scott doesn't hide the truth of his life as a drinking, drug-using night club promoter...
  • Carrie Turansky
    Outstanding book! You'll be inspired when you read or listen to this memoir about the founder of Charity Water. I listened to the audio, and it was great to hear the author read his story.
  • Samantha
    everyone should read this book. i seriously want to go out and change the world after reading this.
  • Katie Hamilton
    This book solidifies Harrison's seat at the table alongside Nicholas Kristof and Dr. Paul Farmer. His journey around the world and back again is rivaled only by his quest to quench the world's insatiable thirst for clean water. While Harrison discovers and cultivates his Christian faith throughout his story, his message stems not from his religious faith, but from his faith in humanity. Harrison's own story spans over a few decades with enough mo...
  • Deb
    Loved it. I feel inspired and refreshed.
  • Carly Antor
    This book is not just about a charity, it's about so much more.Of all the books I have read this year, this has been my favorite by far. This intersects many fields of interest, so I believe that even if you aren't sure you want to read a book about a 'charity' that you will find value in this. This is not just about charity work, but a book about building a business from the ground up, changing and disrupting an industry, the importance of marke...
  • Lindsay Hickman
    I very rarely give five stars to any book, but this one checked all the right boxes for me. If you are not familiar with charity:water and Scott Harrison’s story he spends about the first third of the book giving a great history. One learns about his childhood, his family, life events that shaped him and how he ended up being a nightclub promoter in New York. I thought this section was fascinating because I’ve heard Harrison speak before, but...
  • Sucia
    What I loved:The parts when Scott focused on the stories of those chairity:water serves and the stories of people who have partnered with him along the way. It read like a thank you & celebration of their efforts. I was awed and reminded of the magnitude of the potable water problem and definitely moved to share the story. I love the transparency and commitment that the foundation esposes - 100% donations to the field, to clean water efforts - no...
  • Heather
    The book was okay, but I didn't love it. One thing that bothered me was that this book felt very much like a christian book. Which is totally fine, except there is no mention of this in the description, and I really would have liked to know that before I started reading it.
  • Tamara Miner
    This book has some really great parts, and the story overall is very inspiring. But the beginning (and a few paragraphs interspersed through the rest of the book) is just soooo evangelical. I nearly stopped reading it because the first couple chapters all have “come to Jesus” type sections. But, I’m glad I finished it as there’s actually some good insight into running a business, the difference between a nonprofit and business, and most i...
  • Walter Zielkowski
    I really loved this book. Scott's journey was really inspirational and enlightening. His energy and passion are infectious, he is a fantastic story teller, and he really makes you invested in everything he talks about. The book is a well-presented amalgamation of a PSA for an important cause, a self-help book, and an example of how to start a successful business [non-profit] in our social media age. Worth the read!
  • Avid
    I needed to separate the mission of charity: water from the experience of reading the book in order to rate the book. The mission gets all the stars! It is an honorable and worthy and, i think, well-run charity that deserves a lot of support from everyone. I have been supporting it through the Charity Miles app for years (PS: if you’re not doing Charity Miles yet, check it out in the app store). But for me, reading the book was a pretty mediocr...
  • Sean Burnham
    Extremely inspirational and at times truly unbelievable. This book is actually filled with quite a few business lessons, leadership lessons and overall life lessons that most of us probably need to hear.
  • Jeff Lochhead
    If you only read one book this year, this should be it!! It is not very often that I slow down reading a book, because I didn’t want it to end. Harrison’s story challenges one to look beyond their comforts and step into the incredibly transforming lifestyle of living by faith. In his case, changing the lives of thousands around the world by providing clean water to areas of the world that are without.
  • Diego Parada Herrera
    Scott’s story is one of the most inspiring of our time. He tells us how he went from nightclub promoter to star philanthropist. He makes a statement about how is never too late for changing our life for the best. And he explains the work and the vision that has led charity: water to become the new gold standard for nonprofits in this century. Great reading for every Christian, every nonprofit leader and every human that wants to make an impact ...
  • Maria Victoria
    Amazing and inspiring!As someone who works in the nonprofit world, I've always wanted to know more about charity:water. This book gives you an inspiring vision in the founder's world
  • Amy Frandsen
  • Ali Sirri
    suyun önemini bilmemek mümkün değil. su için yapılan mücadeleler de biliniyor. ancak yazarın mücadelesini daha önce hiç duymamıştım. etkileyici bir yaşam şekli dönüşümü, muazzam bir çaba ve duygusal sonuçlar. musluktan akıyor diye kıymetini bilmediğimiz bir madde için intihar eden 13 yaşında bir kız olduğunu biliyor muydunuz?
  • Thomas Van Holder
    One of the best stories I’ve read ever. Authentic and inspiring.
  • Benjamin Eysermans
    I really, really enjoyed this book. Not only is it written in a very captivating way, the story itself is something to behold. The author, and main protagonist, Schott Harrison has lived one hell of an inspiring live. From a deeply religious, and quite troubled, youth he stumbles into the New York club scene as a promotor. For 10 years he builds a career in this tiresome and soul crushing industry. At a certain point he just can't take it anymore...