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Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element

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Publisher Comments:


In the tradition of the bestselling books Salt and Cod: get the dirt on the humble substance that helped create the modern world.

Clay has played a crucial role in the development of the culinary arts, international trade, the invention of writing, and the construction of towns and cities. After 30,000 years, clay continues to play a vital role in our everyday lives and the advancement of civilization. Its history is the history of the human race.

What started as a tool for cooking and a vessel for storage is now essential to the space program, bio-technology, publishing, agriculture, plumbing, sanitation, and more. Much of the Great Wall of China was made of fired clay bricks-a material that can stand for centuries. Now, Suzanne Staubach presents a look at a civilization built on the mud beneath our feet-from the first spark plugs to modern semi-conductors, satellite communications to surgical equipment-in a colorful look at how, from primordial ooze to modern miracles, clay continues to shape our world in ways limited only by the human imagination.

Review:

"An eclectic treatment that encompasses chamber pots and the art pottery movement of the early 1900s, Staubach's enthusiastic history will please people at the potter's wheel." Booklist

Synopsis:

This is a fascinating look at how, from the primordial ooze to modern miracles, this most humble of substances continues to shape the world in ways limited only by the human imagination.

About the Author

Suzanne Staubach has been published in Ceramics Monthly and written on pottery for Garden Way and Mother Earth News. She writes a regular column for the College Store Journal, and has also written for Fine Gardening, Old Farmer's Almanac, and Parents. She is a past president of the New England Booksellers Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425212097
Author:
Staubach, Suzanne
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rocks & Minerals
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Clay
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
The History and Evol
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.22x5.56x.65 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Berkley Books - English 9780425212097 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An eclectic treatment that encompasses chamber pots and the art pottery movement of the early 1900s, Staubach's enthusiastic history will please people at the potter's wheel."
"Synopsis" by , This is a fascinating look at how, from the primordial ooze to modern miracles, this most humble of substances continues to shape the world in ways limited only by the human imagination.

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