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The world in a grain

Vince Beiser

The world in a grain

the story of sand and how it transformed civilization

by Vince Beiser

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Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Sand,
  • Technology and civilization

  • About the Edition

    The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world -- sand -- and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other -- even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt"s pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world"s tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres" stained-glass windows to the smartphone in your hand, sand shelters us, connects us, and inspires us. It"s the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives -- and our future. And, incredibly, we"re running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it -- and sometimes, even kill for it. It"s also a provocative examination of the little-noticed, but deadly serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand.

    Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-284) and index.

    StatementVince Beiser
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsTA455.S3 B45 2018
    The Physical Object
    Pagination294 pages
    Number of Pages294
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26964226M
    ISBN 100399576428
    ISBN 109780399576423, 9780399576430
    LC Control Number2017053122
    OCLC/WorldCa1013500187

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    The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it—and sometimes, even kill for it. It’s also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on. : To See a World in a Grain of Sand () and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices.4/5(35).

    Like Mark Kurlansky's single-focus books about cod and salt, investigative journalist Vince Beiser's first book is a rich study of one of the world's most abundant natural resources: sand. With a balance of statistics, science, history, on-the-scene reporting and some healthy environmental skepticism, The World in a Grain highlights the ways this ubiquitous global commodity. Cargill: trading the world's grain User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. Cargill is one of the world's largest privately held corporations with assets over $ billion dollars. The company is America's number one grain merchandiser and has expanded its economic ventures Read full review.


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The World in a Grain is a chronicle of innovation and greed and heedless waste—in brief, the story of civilization.” —David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes “A riveting, wonderfully written investigation into the many kinds of castles the world has built out of sand.

You'll find something new, and something fascinating, on every page/5(73). The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it/5.

The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand, which has received little public attention/5(90).

The World in a Grain is a chronicle of innovation and greed and heedless waste—in brief, the story of civilization.” —David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes. “A riveting, wonderfully written investigation into the many kinds of castles the world has built out of sand.

But due to the explosion in its uses and the increasing number and size of cities, sand is running out: the book is at its urgent best in chapters on the black market in sand and the sand mafias. The World in a Grain NPR coverage of The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization The world in a grain book Vince Beiser.

News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. News, author. The World in a Grain is a chronicle of innovation and greed and heedless waste-in brief, the story of civilization." -David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes "A riveting, wonderfully written investigation into the many kinds of castles the world has built out of sand/5().

Desert sand isn’t suitable, writes the author, so “riverbeds and beaches around the world are being stripped bare of their precious grains.

Farmlands and forests are being torn up. And people are being imprisoned, tortured, and murdered. BOOK REVIEW: The World In a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser (Riverhead Books) The author Vince Beiser, an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles, provides a complete investigation in four dimensions of the sand’s life as we know it today.

The detailed history, geography, uses and actors involved shows how much sand. The World in a Grain is a chronicle of innovation and greed and heedless waste—in brief, the story of civilization." — David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes "A riveting, wonderfully written investigation into the many kinds of castles the world has built out of sand.

You'll find something new, and something fascinating, on every page. By William Blake. To see a World in a Grain of Sand. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand. And Eternity in an hour. A Robin Red breast in a Cage. Puts all Heaven in a Rage. A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons. Shudders Hell thr' all its regions. A dog starvd at his Masters Gate. Predicts the ruin of the State.

Books. Vince’s first book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization, was was a finalist for a PEN/E.O.

Wilson Award and a California Book Award, and has been translated into five magazine editor-in-chief Nick Thompson calls it “a riveting, wonderfully written investigation.” Senator John McCain called Vince’s coverage of the issue “a.

The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it.

The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it--and sometimes, even kill for it.

It's also a provocative examination of the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand, which has received little public attention. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Vince Beiser about his new book, The World in a Grain. The book tells the story of sand and the crucial role it plays in our lives.

Vince Beiser, the author of the surprisingly detailed new book The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization, has delivered an inevitable warning cry to generations of citizens who historically seemed to have taken sand for granted Beiser never leans too heavily on what another author would presume to be the common reader’s ignorance of sand.3/4(6).

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Book review: The World in a Grain of Sand Back to video $37, pages The opening chapter of this book by Los Angeles-based, Vancouver-raiser freelance journalist Beiser is Author: Stuart Derdeyn.This fascinating new book by the bestselling scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik is an expert tour of the world of the droplets, heartbeats and ocean waves that we come across every day.