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Kenneth J. Kobus
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City of Steel: How Pittsburgh Became the World's Steelmaking Capital During the Carnegie Era

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Despite being geographically cut off from large trade centers and important natural resources, Pittsburgh transformed itself into the most formidable steel-making center in the world. Beginning in the 1870s, under the engineering genius of magnates such as Andrew Carnegie, steel-makers capitalized on western Pennsylvania s rich supply of high-quality coal and powerful rive ...more
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Published March 26th 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chemistry can be fun. Kits are available that kids can play with. You take different things and put them together to come up with something that looks, smells, tastes or behaves differently. Unfortunately, iron is heavy and solid. A chunk of iron ore won't be in your child's chemistry kit. In order to get iron ore in a state where you can remove things (like the pure iron) or add things to it you have to get the temperature up to where it becomes a liquid at well over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book's description clearly states: "Kobus goes inside the science of steel-making to investigate the technological advancements that fueled the industry’s success."

Yet I see a 2-star review because the book is too technical? Really???

Yes, it's technical. The book's foreword was written by Thomas Graham, former president of US Steel. That should have been the second indicator that this is no lightweight book. Kudos to Kenneth Kobus for his amazing research and creating
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent history with good technical descriptions of the problems faced in making steel.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I was looking for a more human and less technical history, perhaps I should have read a biography. I found the text very dry, scientific, and precise about coal, steel, and natural gas. So I guess if that is what you are looking for this is the book for you. Honestly I barely made it through, and as a Pittsburgh area native recognition of local names and places mostly carried me throughout. Great research, charts, and primary sources though!
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