We are what you could describe as professionally interested in rust. When your business is selling products for rust removal and prevention, that’s to be expected. Of course, rust is not a subject that gets written about often outside technical manuals. So we take notice when a book about rust meant for readers who aren’t corrosion engineers comes along. And this is just such a book.
Johnathan Waldman has written a book that takes a closer look at a subject that many of us don’t think of very often, rust. Rust destroys what man builds, relentlessly eating away at cars, bridges, boats and the Statue of Liberty alike. In the process it causes billions of dollars of damage every year as it drops light poles on pickup trucks and stains sidewalks. Waldman follows the thread of man’s fight against rust from a studio in Florida, where the US Navy’s top man on rust employs an actor from Star Trek the Next Generation to make informational videos, to Alaska, where engineers send a robot pig through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Along the way he attends the Ball Corporations Can School, sneaks into a derelict steel works with an intrepid artist and even takes a stop in Middleton, Wisconsin at The Rust Store. It’s a witty, informative journey that’s sure to grab your attention.
Hardcover. 304 pages. 6" x 9". ISBN 9781451691597.