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Rust

Rust

: The longest war

by Jonathan Waldman
21st April, 2016

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Rust has been called the great destroyer, the pervasive menace, and the evil. This look at corrosion-its causes, its consequences, and especially the people devoted to combating it-is wide-ranging and consistently engrossing (The New York Times).
   It is the hidden enemy, the one that challenges the very basis of civilization. This entropic menace destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty's torch. It is rust-and this book, full of wit and insight, disasters and triumphs-is its story.
   In Rust, Waldman travels from Key West to Prudhoe Bay, meeting people concerned with corrosion. He sneaks into an abandoned steelworks and nearly gets kicked out of Can School. He follows a high-tech robot through an arctic winter, hunting for rust in the Alaska pipeline. In Texas, he finds a corrosion engineer named Rusty, and in Colorado, he learns of the animosity between the galvanizing industry and the paint army. Along the way, Waldman recounts stories of flying pigs, Trekkies, rust boogers, and unlikely superheroes.
   The result is a man-versus-nature tale that's as fascinating as it is grand, illuminating a hidden phenomenon that shapes the modern world. Rust affects everything from the design of our currency to the composition of our tap water, and it will determine the legacy we leave on this planet. This exploration of corrosion, and the incredible lengths we go to fight it, is engrossing…brilliant…Watching things rust: who would have thought it could be so exciting (Natural History). A recent Ted Scripps Fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado, Jonathan Waldman grew up in Washington, DC, studied environmental science and writing at Dartmouth, and earned a master's degree from Boston University's Knight Center for Science Journalism in 2003. He has spent the last decade writing creatively about science, culture, and politics for Outside, The Washington Post, McSweeney's, and others.

Details & Specs

Author: Jonathan Waldman


Publisher: Simon & Schuster


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9781451691603


Publication Date: 21st April, 2016


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 213 x 140 x 20 mm


Notes: illustrations (black and white, and colour)


Availability: Not available publisher indicates OP


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