Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age
Yale University Press
On Sale: October 27, 2015
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Non-Fiction Political | Non-Fiction
Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have
even heard of. In this surprising and revealing book, David
S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our
electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies, and indeed the
fate of our planet depend on them. These metals have become
the building blocks of modern society; their properties are
now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and
“green” technologies. But their growing use is not without
environmental, economic, and geopolitical
Abraham traces these elements’ hidden
paths from mines to our living rooms, from the remote hills
of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, providing vivid
accounts of those who produce, trade, and rely on rare
metals. He argues that these materials are increasingly
playing a significant role in global affairs, conferring
strength to countries and companies that can ensure
Just as oil, iron, and bronze
revolutionized previous eras, so too will these metals. The
challenges this book reveals, and the plans it proposes,
make it essential reading for our rare metal age.
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