The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

by Vince Beiser


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ISBN-13: 9780399576423
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 89,126
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Vince Beiser is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Wired, Harper's, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

1 The Most Important Solid Substance on Earth 1

Part I How Sand Built the Twentieth Century's Industrialized World

2 The Skeleton of Cities 29

3 Paved with Good Intentions 49

4 The Thing That Lets Us See Everything 75

Part II How Sand Is Building the Twenty-First Century's Globalized, Digital World

5 High Tech, High Purity 101

6 Fracking Facilitator 119

7 Miami Beach-less 141

8 Man-Made Lands 167

9 Desert War 201

10 Concrete Conquers the World 215

11 Beyond Sand 233

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Bibliography 281

Index 285

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