Asbestos House

Asbestos House The Secret History of James Hardie Industries

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Publisher's Synopsis

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 that the company, knowingly and unknowingly, 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 multi-award-winning saga of high finance, industrial history, legal intrigue, medical breakthrough and human frailty.

Book information

ISBN: 9781921215704
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Imprint: Scribe
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 470g
Height: 212mm
Width: 161mm
Spine width: 33mm