The Roots of Progress

Steel: From Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

Brooke C. Stoddard

A brief history of steel combined with a tour of a modern steel-making process, as the subtitle says, from mine to mill. Covers ore mining, smelting in multiple kinds of furnaces, and different casting and rolling processes.

I enjoyed this book and learned something from it, but found it, like many such books, a bit lacking in cohesion. There were many interesting facts but even after reading it I still have some work to do to put those facts together into a clear narrative that holds together.

Recommended for the unusually dedicated student or someone with a particular interest in steel.

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