The Longest War

Book - 2015
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An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities, and everyday people.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451691597
Branch Call Number: 620.11223 Waldman 03/2015
Characteristics: xii, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm


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Mar 31, 2017

If you want to understand corrosion from the perspective of “People” magazine, then, by all means, read this book. If you want to understand how and why things corrode and what can be done about it, then, by all means, find a different book to read.

Nov 23, 2015

Not technical enough for my tastes. I give it 5 out of 10. Not all that interesting - some stuff is just lists, like lists of members of such and such an organization. Really - who cares. I find i am skipping many paragraphs.
Related to that; I think needed a better editor, for example some sentences in the book don't make sense. Reminds me a bit of, and not s good as; Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

Oct 19, 2015

The book is not really about rust. It's more of a collection of human interest stories, each of which happens to involve corrosion somehow.

It's good in places but kind of uneven overall. Each chapter is pretty much disconnected from the rest: the sort of book where if you're not digging the character or story after the first couple pages of a chapter, you might as well just skip it and move on to the next.

Oct 07, 2015

A sprawling account of rust in various settings...
lots of extraneous material.
I liked the story of the statue of liberty's deterioration and the labor of love and technology which gave it many more years.


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