Asbestos House: the secret history of James Hardie Industries by Gideon Haigh

Asbestos House: the secret history of James Hardie Industries

byGideon Haigh

Kobo ebook | February 20, 2006

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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 that the company, knowingly and unknowingly, 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 multi-award-winning saga of high finance, industrial history, legal intrigue, medical breakthrough and human frailty.

Title:Asbestos House: the secret history of James Hardie IndustriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 20, 2006Publisher:Scribe Publications Pty LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925113450

ISBN - 13:9781925113457