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The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date August 18, 2009
Pages 316
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307351791
ISBN-10 0307351793
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Other format details sci/tech
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives–including your own.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, humanity was facing global disaster: Mass starvation was about to become a reality. A call went out to the world’s scientists to find a solution.

This is the story of the two men who found it: brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, and saved millions of lives.

But their epochal triumph came at a price we are still paying. The Haber-Bosch process was also used to make the gunpowder and explosives that killed millions during the two world wars. Both men were vilified during their lives; both, disillusioned and disgraced, died tragically.

The Alchemy of Air is the extraordinary, previously untold story of a discovery that changed the way we grow food and the way we make war–and that promises to continue shaping our lives in fundamental and dramatic ways.

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9780307351784 | details & prices | 316 pages | 6.75 × 10.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A sweeping history of tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives—including your own.
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from Broadway Books (August 18, 2009)
9780307351791 | details & prices | 316 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives–including your own.
from Crown Pub (September 9, 2008)
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