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A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield
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Dec 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read in December, 2010

I stumbled on this little gem at the exhibit about dyes at the DeYoung. Butler tells the story of the discovery of the first "perfect" red dye by putting it into a vast context: the histories of the new and old worlds and how they interacted, the development of science and technology, the fluctuations of fashion, the development of global markets, etc. She does a masterful job of making an arcane subject into a fascinating story.

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