This is by far the best book that I know of that gives the reader a good understanding of how society interacts with chemicals. It is applicable to anyone who works with chemicals and wants to get an understanding of the bigger picture of chemicals, as well as to general readers who are curious about chemicals and applied science. The book is very up to date, and as far as I can tell, the authors are extremely well informed. As someone who works in the chemical industry I would go so far as to say that much of the information in the book should be taught at senior high school level. The only negative to me is that sometimes the writing style is "dumbed down" with weak humour or sarcasm. This is a minor point that does not detract from the value of the book. I should also point out that the presentation of the book in terms of structure, illustrations and diagrams is excellent.