The Secret History of James Hardie Industries
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|Format:||Paperback, 468 pages|
|Published In: ||Australia, 01 October 2007|
Founded in 1888, James Hardie Industries is one of Australia's oldest, richest and proudest corporations. And its fortunes were based on what proved to be one of the worst industrial poisons of the twentieth century: asbestos. Asbestos House , the name of the grand headquarters that Hardie built itself in 1929, tells two remarkable tales. It relates the frantic financial engineering in 2001 during which Hardie cut adrift its liabilities to sufferers of asbestos-related disease, the public and political odium that followed, and the extraordinary deal that resulted. It is also the story of how the company, forgot how, even as fibro built a nation, the asbestos fibre from which it was made condemned thousands to death. Reconstructed from hundreds of hours of interviews and thousands of pages of documentation, Asbestos House is a saga of high finance, industrial history, legal intrigue, medical breakthrough and human frailty.
"A serious, sombre and, at times, heart-rending account befitting a tragic and awful story . . . At all times Haigh's research is impeccable. This is the book's great strength--it could become the reference book on all matters relating to asbestos." --"Herald Sun"
|Publisher: ||Scribe Publications|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 14.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.47 kg)|