As the subtitle says, copper really does run the world. No matter whether you’re reading this review online, on a mobile device, or in print, you wouldn’t be reading it without copper. Nor would you be using a staggering number of modern-day conveniences and essentials—no phones, no lights, no motorcars. It’s a good metal, but it has a downside, as Carter learned when he discovered that his small vegetable garden on his property in Bisbee, Arizona, was seriously toxic. Its lead content was 32-percent higher than normal levels, but that was nothing compared to its arsenic, which was 100-percent higher than what’s considered acceptable for residential soil. Why was his soil so toxic? Turns out it’s because, for almost a century, Bisbee was a copper-mining town (the last mine closed in 1975), and the mining process has some potentially catastrophic side effects. This frequently surprising book—Did you know that the Rio Tinto copper mine in Spain has been operating for nearly 4,000 years?—chronicles Carter’s own education in the history of copper mining, in Arizona (home to 11 mines accounting for about 60-percent of the country’s copper production) and around the world. You wouldn’t think a book about copper would be an exciting read, but it is, because the story of copper mining is also the story of industrial innovation, technological revolution, and social and ecological change on a grand scale. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Copper is the curse of the southwest. Bill Carter’s blazing book takes us to the crime scene where our lust for things murders the earth. Time to kill the cellphone, leave twitter to the twits and listen up.”
—Charles Bowden, author of Murder City
"Bill Carter has extracted something that remains all but unnoticed by most people—copper—and told an incredible story about this amazing metal. Boom, Bust, Boom is the best sort of journalism: beautifully written, rich in detail and impossible to ignore. I particularly loved how Carter wove a personal story into a topic of global scope. I know, as a writer, how hard that is to pull off, and as a reader i am always amazed when someone does. It is a superb book." —Sebastian Junger
“Bill Carter’s new book is utterly engaging. I want to use the words fabulous and hearty. We often think we know the world but then we read a book that tells us we didn’t. Carter is a hard man and he humiliates the copper industry and the grave dangers they carelessly expose us to. A necessary read for thinking Americans.” —Jim Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book. Would it be a glowing review of the copper industry, and scathing indictment, or something in between. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frederick S. Goethel
Essential reading for all who really want to understand the mining industry.Published 5 months ago by zsteve
A very informative and thought-provoking read. Mr. Carter pens an excellent book from a parent's perspective of the values and vices of copper. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rick B.
Very interesting boom. Autobiographical, but also technically proficient information about the copper mining industry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by EveryMom
This was an excellent book. Well written and, despite the "heavy" topic, very readable. Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Abu David
Bill Carter has an existential problem and he admits it: his love-hate relationship with modern civilization. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard A. Leveille