Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century

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HarperBusiness, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 356 pages
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In Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century, Stephen Fenichell takes a fresh, irreverent look at the substance we all love to hate. The book moves from the early astonishment at such inventions as celluloid film and waterproof clothing; to the nylon-stocking riots after World War II; to the revolutionary, yet practical, proliferation of Tupperware in the '50s. Fenichell's sweeping assessment of the social and economic revolutions brought on by plastic extends from the sublime to the absurd, the beautiful to the mundane, demonstrating how scientists, artists, politicians, and the buying public have all molded, and also been molded by, plastic.

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The story on the invention of plastic. Like modern money it has become indispensible to capital economies (endless cycle of cash -> products -> cash) because it's conveniently dispensible and clogging ... Read full review

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The history of plastic parallels the cultural history of America through the Industrial Revolution leading up through Vietnam. The politics involved and the unique plastics fanatics that saw the ... Read full review


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Stephen Fenichell lives in New York.

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