Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal That Runs the World

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In following the time-honored journalistic tenet that the best stories are the ones you find in your own backyard, Bill Carter begins this account of the all-pervasive presence of copper in our lives and its cost on our health, economy, and our environment with a simple personal discovery: the presence of arsenic from leftover mine tailings in his backyard garden in the former copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. This revelation led him on a quest to find out as much as possible about the mineral copper, its ...

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Overview

In following the time-honored journalistic tenet that the best stories are the ones you find in your own backyard, Bill Carter begins this account of the all-pervasive presence of copper in our lives and its cost on our health, economy, and our environment with a simple personal discovery: the presence of arsenic from leftover mine tailings in his backyard garden in the former copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. This revelation led him on a quest to find out as much as possible about the mineral copper, its wonderful and mysterious properties, its history in human evolution, and its omnipresence in contemporary life, being found in everything from toothpaste to cellphones. Carter explores several mining areas, past, present, and projected both in the United States and around the world, and details the environmental and health implications involved in open-surface extraction of copper ore. From boardrooms of investors in London to the mountains of Indonesia, Carter connects the dots from his humble backyard garden to the CEOs of the multibillion-dollar global copper industry, confronting a resource that is so vital yet which has the potential to cause horrendous and irrevocable damage to our planet and ourselves.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936182565
  • Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,444,152
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Carter is a freelance journalist, filmmaker, photographer and the author of two previous books, Fools Rush In and Red Summer. His articles have been published in numerous publications, including Men’s Journal, Outside, and Rolling Stone. He directed the award-winning documentary, Miss Sarajevo. He lives in Sedona, Arizona. Luis Alberto Urrea is a professor of writing at the University of Illinois–Chicago and the author of the bestselling novel The Hummingbird’s Daughter and the nonfiction book, The Devil's Highway. He lives in Chicago.

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    Posted December 6, 2013

    Death Twins Of The Fire Arena, part 10

    Next part at next result.-- I wake up healthy and well. Not a drop of blood. A scar is stretched across my shoulder. I get up and see Percy. He hasn't been treated. A lady walks in who must be the healer." Can you help him?" I ask. She nods and puts something in his mouth. Percy's eyes open instantly and a loud scream escapes his lips. I grip his hand tightly and a rush of childhood memories fills my mind. The bloody stream has become a river of blood. The puddle is so large, that I fear there is no going back. "D-Don't w-worry. I-It's g-gonna be okay." I say, but I wish i could convince myself. The lady sticks a needle in his back and he screams so loud that I grip his hand tighter. "Sophie S-Sophie S-s-sophie." He pants. Tears well in my eyes." Don't worry. "I say. Finally, she sticks a needle in his upper back. He screams continuosly and tears roll down his cheek. The lady sticks another needle in his back and he passes out. - DTOTFA

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    Copperkit goes back to the clan.

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    Whitewing

    Whitewing smiled sadly. "And one day they'll come back to you. But for now, stay with me where you're safe." She bent down and gestured for Copperkit to get on her back. "C'mon, let's go home."

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    Posted December 7, 2012

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    Sticks his 50 inch di.ck in her

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    Posted November 22, 2012

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    Walks to the bed and lays down

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