The Elements Of Power: Gadgets, Guns, And The Struggle For A Sustainable Future In The Rare Metal…

Hardcover | October 27, 2015

byDavid S. Abraham

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Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this surprising and revealing book, David S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies, and indeed the fate of our planet depend on them. These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their properties are now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and “green” technologies. But their growing use is not without environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences.

Abraham traces these elements’ hidden paths from mines to our living rooms, from the remote hills of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, providing vivid accounts of those who produce, trade, and rely on rare metals. He argues that these materials are increasingly playing a significant role in global affairs, conferring strength to countries and companies that can ensure sustainable supplies.

Just as oil, iron, and bronze revolutionized previous eras, so too will these metals. The challenges this book reveals, and the plans it proposes, make it essential reading for our rare metal age.

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Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this surprising and revealing book, David S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies, and indeed the fate of our planet depend on them. These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their ...

David S. Abraham is a natural resource strategist who previously analyzed risk on Wall Street and at an energy-trading firm, oversaw natural-resources programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and ran a water-focused NGO in Africa. He currently directs the Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center. His writin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300196792

ISBN - 13:9780300196795

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“David Abraham’s The Elements of Power paints a global portrait with paradigm-shifting flair. It’s a tale of shock and ore… welcoming readers of any background to the otherwise impenetrable conversation about rare metal geopolitics.”—Christopher Bernard, Chemistry World