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This book takes us through the history of plastic, the different types of plastics and how they are made; and it focuses on certain common plastic items, such as: Frisbee, comb, chair, lighters ... Read full review

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Amazingly well-written and, even more amazingly, not _completely_ depressing though Freinkel does not shy away from the magnitude of the implications of our troubling relationship with and dependence on plastic, which now saturates the planet a brief century after its invention. I learned a lot from this book & appreciated her 8 familiar objects exigesis very much; she wields each item usefully in order to produce some in-depth and trenchant social criticism. A much more sophisticated approach to the topic than e.g. Mary Roach would have taken. I find I even want to read The American Chestnut now even though that topic isn't nearly as interesting to me as plastic!  

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