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High Explosives in America: A Brief History
     

High Explosives in America: A Brief History

by Jack Kelly
 
This is a 5,900-word essay that traces the fascinating development of the explosives industry in the United States. Beginning with the dangerous and short-lived experiments with pure nitroglycerin, it recounts Alfred Nobel's invention of dynamite and the wild scramble that saw countless varieties of potent explosives flooding a nineteenth century market that couldn't

Overview

This is a 5,900-word essay that traces the fascinating development of the explosives industry in the United States. Beginning with the dangerous and short-lived experiments with pure nitroglycerin, it recounts Alfred Nobel's invention of dynamite and the wild scramble that saw countless varieties of potent explosives flooding a nineteenth century market that couldn't get enough of the stuff. The article emphasizes the enormous and largely unseen influence that explosives have had on the modern world. Fluidly written and scrupulously researched, this piece offers many insights into this intriguing corner of history.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012093905
Publisher:
Jack Kelly
Publication date:
01/26/2011
Series:
Fascinating Historical Essays , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
20 KB

Meet the Author

Popular historian Jack Kelly is the author of "Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics" (Basic Books).

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