Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century

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Provides a survey of the scientific, economic, and cultural history of plastic

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Perhaps Dustin Hoffman should have paid attention to that unsolicited investment advice in "The Graduate." Plastics really are the future. Indeed these smooth oil-based synthetic polymers, available in a spectrum from rainbow-colored through raindrop transparent, are already so ubiquitous in our lives that we barely notice them. Expertly and entertainingly, Stephen Fenichell draws our attention to these shape-shifting substances; he tells us the names (do you know your polypropylene from your butadiene?), and the social history and cultural legacy of a diverse family of materials that has been given a bad rap--or maybe "wrap" is the word.

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Stephen Fenichell was educated at The Riverdale Country School, at Harvard College (where he was an editor ofThe Harvard Lampoon) and at Trinity College, Dublin, from which he holds a Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature. He is the author of Other People's Money, an anatomy of the largest financial fraud in U.S. business history, and co-author (with Lawrence Charfoos) of Daughters at Risk: A Personal DES History. His articles on popular culture, business and travel have appeared in numerous periodicals, including New York magazine, Cond-eacute;-Nast Traveler, Forbes/FYI, Men's Journal, Lear's, Connoisseur, American-Photo, Mademoiselle, and The Village Voice. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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