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The Devil's Element by Dan Egan
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Mar 07, 2023 | ISBN 9780593748176 | 411 Minutes

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An enjoyable, lively, and thought-provoking read…[P]eppered with fascinating details…I highly recommend The Devil’s Element, which presents an easily digestible introduction to a major global issue. —Robert W. Howarth, Science

In the tradition of environmental clarion calls like Silent Spring and The Sixth ExtinctionThe Devil’s Element urges readers to confront another quietly unfolding disaster…Egan, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work chronicling the threats facing the Great Lakes, has a knack for telling big, unwieldy stories through absorbing personal narratives. —Julia Rosen, Undark

In his crisply written new book…Dan Egan sounds alarms on both the scarcity and overabundance sides of the phosphorus-human equation.—Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Egan] builds a story of innovation, failure, recovery, and looming catastrophe…[A] deep humanity resides in his writing.—Garin Cycholl, Chicago Review of Books

A revelatory book that exposes human use of [phosphorus] as a double-edged sword capable of sustaining and destroying life.—Booklist (starred review)

A cautionary history…This will ignite readers’ curiosity.—Publishers Weekly

Disquieting…A fine account, worthy of fertile discussion, of yet another environmental disaster.—Kirkus Reviews

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