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Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes

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Publisher Comments:

From formica, vinyl siding, and particle board to cubic zirconium, knockoff designer bags, and genetically altered foods, inspired fakes of every description fly the polyester pennant of a brave new man-made world. Each represents an often passionate journey of scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial innovation. "Faux Real" explores this borderland of the almost-real, the ersatz, and the fake, illuminating a centuries-old culture war between the authentic and the imitative.

Review:

"Kanigel, a professor of science writing at MIT, whose biography of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and L.A. Times Book awards, offers a study of leather-its history, chemistry and place in human culture-and the corollary story of the effort to develop a synthetic substitute. Despite its millennia-long presence in human history, and the many substitutes that have been tried-Fabrikoid, Corfam and Naugahyde among them-the subject doesn't sustain interest. Kanigel is a sound researcher and an engaging writer, offering an abundance of facts, for example, the Smithsonian's leather boots made of human skin (their origin is not nefarious and they are not on display) and the availability of vegan condoms. And Kanigel brings drama to Du Pont's decadelong search for a synthetic leather; the resulting Corfam-hailed as being as revolutionary as nylon-was a failure as infamous as the Edsel. The author falters, however, with dull descriptions of the chemical processes used to create various synthetic products. PETA gets some attention, and Kanigel intelligently takes time to address the philosophical question of the importance of faux versus real." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780309102360
Subtitle:
Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes
Publisher:
Joseph Henry Press
Author:
Kanigel, Robert
Subject:
History
Subject:
Technical & Manufacturing Trades
Subject:
Leatherwork
Subject:
Leather, Artificial.
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24x6.36x1.17 in. 1.31 lbs.

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Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Years of Inspired Fakes
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Product details 288 pages Joseph Henry Press - English 9780309102360 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kanigel, a professor of science writing at MIT, whose biography of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and L.A. Times Book awards, offers a study of leather-its history, chemistry and place in human culture-and the corollary story of the effort to develop a synthetic substitute. Despite its millennia-long presence in human history, and the many substitutes that have been tried-Fabrikoid, Corfam and Naugahyde among them-the subject doesn't sustain interest. Kanigel is a sound researcher and an engaging writer, offering an abundance of facts, for example, the Smithsonian's leather boots made of human skin (their origin is not nefarious and they are not on display) and the availability of vegan condoms. And Kanigel brings drama to Du Pont's decadelong search for a synthetic leather; the resulting Corfam-hailed as being as revolutionary as nylon-was a failure as infamous as the Edsel. The author falters, however, with dull descriptions of the chemical processes used to create various synthetic products. PETA gets some attention, and Kanigel intelligently takes time to address the philosophical question of the importance of faux versus real." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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