In fact, I find it strange that I rarely had a bad encounter with anyone I met connected with the mining business, whether a miner, geologist, prospector, or executive. I just know they are trained to see the world in a different way, one where their notion of acceptable risk is far different from that of most people I know.-- Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World, by Bill Carter.
Boom, Bust, Boom is the history of copper, told by a journalist concerned with the potential hazards and risks associated with mining a metal that plays a vital role in our lives. The book has earned the praise of Sebastian Junger and Jim Harrison, among others.
You can read The Daily Beast's interview of of Bill Carter, and listen to Carter's interview on public radio, discussing Boom, Bust, Boom.
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