Rust: The Longest War
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Jonathan Waldman
- Publish Date: 2016-03-22
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize ** A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
Rust has been called âthe great destroyer,â the âpervasive menace,â and âthe evil.â âThis look at corrosionâits causes, its consequences, and especially the people devoted to combating itâis wide-ranging and consistently engrossingâ (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 Libertyâs torch. It is rustâand this book, full of wit and insight, disasters and triumphsâis its story.
âJonathan Waldmanâs first book is as obsessive as it is informativeâ¦he takes us deep into places and situations that are too often ignored or unknownâ (The Washington Post). 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 thatâs 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 âengrossingâ¦brilliantâ¦Waldmanâs gift for narrative nonfiction shines in every chapterâ¦.Watching things rust: who would have thought it could be so excitingâ (Natural History).