The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other--even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world--sand--and the crucial role it plays in ou...

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Title:The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
Author:Vince Beiser
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399576428
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:294 pages pages

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization Reviews

  • Chrismcginn
    Nov 27, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

  • Sarah
    Nov 01, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    Fascinating information. Who knew? Or thinks about? Very well written. ...

    As if I need another crisis to worry about in the world. Sand?! Really?! Super enlightening though and an interesting read. I now know way too much about sand. ...

  • Gendou
    Oct 19, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

  • Karen
    Aug 15, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

  • ⋟Kimari⋞
    Nov 21, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

  • Tracey
    Oct 21, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

  • Linda
    Nov 18, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

  • Sue
    Aug 31, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

  • Dan
    Sep 04, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

  • Ashley
    Nov 03, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    Fascinating information. Who knew? Or thinks about? Very well written. ...

    As if I need another crisis to worry about in the world. Sand?! Really?! Super enlightening though and an interesting read. I now know way too much about sand. ...

    Very interesting, well-written book. But as for me I'd be even more contented if there was a lot more about the future of sand and its "substitutes". ...

    I really didn't think a book about sand would be excessively interesting, but I honestly found this riveting. ...

  • Ivan
    Oct 08, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

  • Randall Wallace
    Nov 29, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

  • Cheryl
    Oct 25, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

  • Sheri S.
    Oct 24, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 23, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    Fascinating information. Who knew? Or thinks about? Very well written. ...

    As if I need another crisis to worry about in the world. Sand?! Really?! Super enlightening though and an interesting read. I now know way too much about sand. ...

    Very interesting, well-written book. But as for me I'd be even more contented if there was a lot more about the future of sand and its "substitutes". ...

    I really didn't think a book about sand would be excessively interesting, but I honestly found this riveting. ...

    Listened to this on audio. The narrator, Will Damron, was fantastic. So it's definitely worth listening to if you like listening to nonfiction. ...

  • Jen
    Oct 12, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

  • Ford
    Nov 01, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

  • Susan Reed
    Nov 18, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    Fascinating information. Who knew? Or thinks about? Very well written. ...

  • Agnieszka Suliga
    Oct 24, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

  • David Dunlap
    Nov 06, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

  • Rani
    Aug 27, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

  • Jeremy
    Oct 15, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

  • gillian alessio
    Dec 11, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

  • Shawn
    Oct 21, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

  • Harini Dedhia
    Oct 14, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

  • Paulina
    Sep 28, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

    A great primer to get us started on thinking about the commodity we all take for granted- sand. Right from the critical use of the commodity to the development of various sand mafia groups across the globe, the book does a great job in highlighting the dangers of running out of sand. T...

    Fascinating. I learned a lot about the history and economics of glass, concrete, fracking, beaches, and man made land throughout this book. However, I am now completely stressed about sand mining- it?s environmental impact and dwindling reserves of the ?right? type of sand. I...

    Excellent, enlightening, and worrisome look at our dependence on sand for nearly every element of our modern lives, and the alarming fact that the sand is, believe it or not, actually running out. There is a black market in sand, and as Mr. Beiser reveals, "At least seventy people were...

    fun book that goes into the harvesting of sand, the different qualities of sand and their usage. found out that its a valuable rescource that mafia people fight over. concrete and glass all are made with sand and especially with concrete, its using up alot of the sand reserves, which l...

    This is a book every school aged child and every politician should read. It's an well researched and very well written book about, what I believed, was the most mundane of subjects. Sand is integral to our lives here on planet earth and we are carelessly with wonton disregard throwing ...

    4.5! Sand? Who knew? So many interesting and mind boggling facts about this substance that is part of our history and the main ingredient in all we do now. Glass, concrete, pavement, computers, smart phones and on and on. Very cool. ...

    So interesting! A captivating read that never seemed dry or boring. He's a great writer who enlightens us of the myriad reasons sand is unique, important, diverse and a critical element in science & industry & technology. ...

    I learned more about sand and how it influences our way of life. I never heard of sand mining and how it wrenching so many ecosystems. It books explains why the coast of concrete keeps going up and up. ...

    Who would have thought a book about sand could be so interesting?! This book is a fascinating piece of narrative nonfiction, and the word "gripping" used in the Goodreads anno is not an exaggeration. It would even be useful in a high school class unit on Earth's resources. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    Fascinating information. Who knew? Or thinks about? Very well written. ...

    As if I need another crisis to worry about in the world. Sand?! Really?! Super enlightening though and an interesting read. I now know way too much about sand. ...

    Very interesting, well-written book. But as for me I'd be even more contented if there was a lot more about the future of sand and its "substitutes". ...

  • Phil JP
    Oct 26, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

  • Betsy Mills
    Nov 12, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...

    We have lots of sand on earth, but only a fraction of it is usable for human purpose. i.e: limited resource. This book is very interesting and dives into a subject not many people stop and think about: Sand. Sand is present everywhere and is in our modern lives in more ways than yo...

    Sand just got a lot more interesting. Who knew that sand was such a highly coveted commodity and that in many places around the world gangs of sand thieves wreak havoc on the environment and society? The rise of cities, driving culture, and our love of electronic devices is driving the...

  • Karen Fierman
    Sep 05, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

  • Kenneth
    Oct 25, 2018

    Ah sand. Who would have thought it could be the subject of such an interesting book? The exploitation of sand as a resource has been going on for a very long time but about 75 years ago with the boom in construction and the world?s population growth oriented towards cities the needle...

    As if there isn't enough to worry about with the over population of the world...just wait until you delve through this one which is a real eye-opener on just what humans (the most invasive species of all) are doing to our planet. Sand is the 3rd most used natural resource after water a...

    This is THE best nonfiction book I've read in a LONG time! I'm a person who's not very interested in things science/nature/technology, so it was rather a fluke that I even read it in the first place, let alone LOVED it. For starters, it's just the right length?255 pages ... with the ...

    Captivating, so many unknown facts presented! As a material scientist I've always known that sand is a fascinating material, but this book is so much more, it's just such a treat from an engineering/scientific/political and environmental point of view that it's definitely worth your ti...

    Vince Beiser is a great writer and a brilliant researcher. I never expected that learning about sand could be so interesting. The book delves into the history of sand, how our civilization has come to rely on it, the negative ramifications of sand mining and how this finite natural ...

    This book beings with a tale of murder. Specifically, the alleged murder of a police informant at the hands of a black market sand mafia in India. Yeah, black market sand is apparently a thing! The book describes all the many uses for sand e.g. roads and buildings (concrete), electr...

    I read in an article the world is running out of sand because of unending concrete, glass and asphalt demand, so I read this book. Sand is made of loose grains a little larger than the width of a human hair. While some beaches have sand made of decomposed shells, 70% of sand is made of...

    Fascinating view of the various ways sand has been -- and continues to be -- a vital part of the development of civilization. The author lays out some of the important uses to which sand has been applied in our daily lives: in the making of concrete and asphalt for our buildings and ro...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Disappearing Spoon ? Concrete Planet ? A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder ? The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places ? Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World ? Caesar's Last Breath: De...

    Pretty interesting point of view and some interesting information about sand. Much of the focus is on concrete sand because this is the number one use of sand in the world. Beiser did good research and seems to have hit many of the major issues surrounding sand, sand mining, and the wo...

    Sand, sand, sand...there's a lot of it, but apparently not enough! The world's sand supply is being used at such a great rate that people are literally dying as they seek to protect it. I learned A LOT about sand from reading this book, i.e. that there are different kinds of sand, it i...

    Who knew? That phrase was included in two of the jacket quotes and it sums up my thoughts as well. This book is both fascinating and at times disturbing. I had never really thought about all the ways sand is literally the foundation of modern life from the roads we drive on, the buildi...

    Like most Americans, I had no idea how thoroughly modern civilization depends on this humble substance, or that we're using the stuff up at an unsustainable rate?until I read this lively, entertaining, and superbly-reported book. Yes, Beiser is asking us to swallow yet another inconv...