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Asbestos House : The Secret History of James Hardie Industries - Gideon Haigh

Asbestos House

The Secret History of James Hardie Industries

Paperback Published: 1st October 2007
ISBN: 9781921215704
Number Of Pages: 442

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Founded in 1888, James Hardie Industries is one of Australia's oldest, richest and proudest corporations. And its fortunes were based on what proved to be one of the worst industrial poisons of the twentieth century: asbestos.

Asbestos House, the name of the grand headquarters that Hardie built itself in 1929, tells two remarkable tales. It relates the frantic financial engineering in 2001 during which Hardie cut adrift its liabilities to sufferers of asbestos-related disease, the public and political odium that followed, and the extraordinary deal that resulted.

It is also the story of how the company, forgot how, even as fibro built a nation, the asbestos fibre from which it was made condemned thousands to death.

Reconstructed from hundreds of hours of interviews and thousands of pages of documentation, Asbestos House is a saga of high finance, industrial history, legal intrigue, medical breakthrough and human frailty.



About the Author

Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport and business for more that twenty-two years. The Penguin Book of Ashes Anecdotes 1882-2005 is the twenty-first book he has either written or edited. He lives in Melbourne with his cat, Trumper.

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"A serious, sombre and, at times, heart-rending account befitting a tragic and awful story . . . At all times Haigh's research is impeccable. This is the book's great strength--it could become the reference book on all matters relating to asbestos." --"Herald Sun"

ISBN: 9781921215704
ISBN-10: 1921215704
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 1st October 2007
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.955 x 13.335  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.467
Edition Number: 2

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Gideon Haigh

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Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for 35 years. Crossing the Line is his 37th book. He was born in London, grew up in Geelong, and now lives in Melbourne, from where he writes about cricket for The Australian, The Times and Cricketer

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