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

  • Jessica
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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...

  • Jack
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

  • Morgan
    Aug 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Sandy
    Sep 17, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

  • Thefirebottle
    Aug 22, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Doug Haskin
    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Tre
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • William Martin
    Aug 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

  • Clara
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Javi
    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Kelly
    Aug 20, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Anthony Yvonnica
    Oct 07, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

  • 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 ...

    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 ...

  • Mrbillp
    Oct 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Paul E
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Joe C Wells
    Sep 09, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

  • Iain McClinton
    Oct 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Philip Pietrowski,
    Aug 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • Rich Sweigard
    Sep 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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  • 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 ...

  • Alex Fagen
    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Informative and terrifying. ...

    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". ...

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

    Amazing what we are doing to the world...just another example of it. ...

    A most excellent book filled with fascinating information about a topic I assume most of us know nothing about. ...

    The book did a fairly decent job of showing how important sand is to our modern society and technology. But there were a few too many diversions for my taste. I do recommend this book. ...

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