The Alchemy of Air : A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler (Paperback)

Author: Hager, Thomas

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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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Publisher Broadway Books
Mfg Part# 9780307351791
SKU 211244658
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307351793
Release Date 8/18/2009
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Number of Pages 0316
Publisher Three Rivers Press (CA)

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