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Noble Obsession [Hardcover]

Charles Slack

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16 Nov 2002
The incredible story of a scientific breakthrough that changed the course of history and contributed significantly to the Industrial Revolution. It is also the story of two very different men - one, an American, Charles Goodyear, a single-minded genius who became obsessed with the potential for rubber but struggled to realise his dream; the other, Thomas Hancock, a scholarly English inventor who raced against Goodyear and ultimately tried to rob him of the fame, fortune and recognition that was his. "Noble Obsession" interweaves the stories of Goodyear and Hancock to tell a tale of humour, intrigue, privation, greed and redemption. It is filled with villains, con men, entrepreneurs and fascinating facts about the science and business of rubber. And it takes the reader on a sweeping journey from the jungles of Brazil to the laboratories of Europe, and the courtrooms of America.

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  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Texere Publishing; 1 edition (16 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158799142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587991424
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,721,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...utterly absorbing...like Dava Sobel’s Longitude...the story of an outsider who fought the establishment." -- The Wall Street Journal, 31 July 2002

"Book of the Month" -- Business Voice, 1 December 2002

...a story of subterfuge, industrial espionage and one of the biggest court cases if the 19th century -- Business a.m., 13 December 2002

...examines the discovery of the technology that allowed the commercial exploitation of rubber and resulting feud between an American and Englishman. -- History Today, November 2002

This is a biography very much on the Longitude model... Pacily written, and with a nice eye for the ridiculous. -- Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2002

About the Author

Charles Slack is the author of Blue Fairways. A former newspaper reporter in Virginia and Tennessee, he is now a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, DoubleTake, Reader’s Digest, 64, and other magazines. He lives in Connecticut, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical book 28 Aug 2010
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It's a fun read with good historical explanation as to what's going on during that time of history. The author does a really good job of providing a great deal of detail but keeping it interesting.
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