Rust by Jonathan Waldman


A thrilling drama of man versus nature—detailing the fierce, ongoing fight against the mightiest and unlikeliest enemy: rust. It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disast...

Details Rust

Release DateMar 10th, 2015
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Engineering

Reviews Rust

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Jonathan Waldman makes corrosion education into much more of an adventure than I ever thought it could be.From the restoration of the Statue of Liberty to rust inspired art and Can School, Waldman explores all sides of the issues of preservation and corruption.His narrative style is very engaging and amusing. The pioneers of stainless steel development and government rust educators, not the most charismatic people, come alive in the text in all o...
  • Mike
    Rust can be gorgeous:(Photos from noted rust photographer Alyssha Csuk)And rust can be deadly:No matter how you look at this, rust is going to affect you, whether you like it or not. It is the persistent and pernicious peril that threatens nearly every aspect of modern society: bridges, pipes, cars, missiles, giant beacons of freedom. Basically if you draw a Venn diagram of things people like and things rust hates you end up with a single circle....
  • Clif Hostetler
    This book explores a problem that has cursed civilization since the end of the stone age, corrosion. All common metals are vulnerable to corrosion unless protected in some way from oxygen atoms and other want-to-be anions. That's the reason one doesn't find pure iron in nature (except in some meteors). It is always necessary to extract it from a rock ore. Rust, the common product of the corrosion of iron, is apparently a catchier title than the w...
  • Ellen Gail
    "Only entropy comes easy" - Anton ChekhovWith that quote, so begins Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman, a thoroughly researched, but unfortunately not so captivating work of nonfiction.I love nonfiction, from heart-rendering memoirs like Lying A Metaphorical Memoir, Because I Remember Terror Father I Remember You, and Unbearable Lightness A Story of Loss and Gain, to those intended to amuse, such as Hyperbole and a Half Unfortunate Situati...
  • Bob
    Rust = interesting???? Answer: Yes! Who would ever think rust, of all things, could be worth looking at? Well, it is. Regarded in detail, it has a long and complicated relationship with mankind and, like plenty of other things, we tend to never pay it any attention. Except for spraying the swing set with Rustoleum once in a while. Or not. Elevated from "rust" to "corrosion" and considering the exact chemical process involved (there are several, d...
  • Taylor Knight
    I seen this book randomly in Barnes and Noble, picked it up just to read the synopsis, and I ended up reading the whole book. I stood in the aisle, reading this book. This is not a book I would ever normally read and I don't really have an opinion on it but I did read the whole thing in one sitting, in a bookstore isle.
  • Jayendran Srinivasan
    This is not a book about rust. It's a human interest story about the people who combat it, control it, and one who even revels in it. Waldman's discussion of the science of the phenomenon is marginal and superficial, but the book does a half-decent job of putting a perspective on how the problem of rust has a larger impact on public life than generally considered. There are multiple digressions which are irritating, but the author's point about t...
  • Philip
    From the jacket: "Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year - more than all other natural disasters combined."My dad told me about the Everett Dirksen quote. "Actually," dad said, "Dirksen said he was misquoted, but didn't say anything at the time because he liked it so much."I'm pretty sure that $400 billion counts as real money.Rust: The Longest War is exactly what it purports to be: a book about rust. The jacket goes on to say, "...In...
  • Jeff Fabrizio
    At first, I was unsure of how interesting a book about rust would be. I was very pleasantly surprised to be quite interested in reading about corrosion after all. I enjoyed several of the sections in this book, to include the information about the Statue of Liberty and the aluminum cans. Having spent three years stationed in Alaska in the Air Force, I was very excited to read about the corrosion protection used on the Alaskan Pipeline. However, t...
  • John Mcchesney-young
    Everyone I excitedly told about this book was extremely skeptical until I began to give examples, at which point they'd open their eyes wide and say, "That sounds really interesting!" Far, far more interesting than you'd probably expect, I promise.
  • Charlene
    I found reading this book painful in the same way that characters on sitcoms are pained when they have to sit next to the person who wants to talk about all aspects of how trains were built. It's not that I didn't want to hear details about rust. I did. I love rust. I find it completely thrilling when I hear about the war between oxygen and metals. Even more thrilling, and covered brilliantly in Paul Falkowski's book Life's Engines, is how rust t...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    When you choose to read a book called Rust, which is, surprise! all about rust, you can't really complain when it's not the most exciting book you've ever read. Obviously I've been spoiled by recent books about salt, paper, longitude, light.Rust: The Longest War is a series of chapters about different aspects of the fight against rust -- keeping the Statue of Liberty rust free, keeping beverage cans rust free while not contaminating the contents,...
  • Sumit Singla
    I picked up this book, intrigued by the subject. Wow, an entire book about rust?It has some fascinating portions to it, of course. The stories about Lady Liberty and the Alaskan Pipeline in particular do stand out. But overall, the book could easily have been about 20% shorter and still managed to be interesting. Rust is a universal phenomenon and a terribly destructive one too. The impact of rust on a country's GDP is staggering beyond doubt.Who...
  • Ali M.
    Storytelling is an art, and Waldman is a master at doing so. 'Rust' was the best written popular engineering book I have ever read. The author has taken one of the dullest subjects in the world, corrosion, and transformed it into something fascinating. As a Materials Engineer, this book strongly inspires me to continue my career further in corrosion.The book itself is divided into 11 largely unrelated chapters that tell some corrosion related sto...
  • Nolan
    This is the most compelling and highly readable nonfiction I've read in forever. I couldn't put it down. This is an engaging look at rust and how it affects all of us at one time or another. If you read this, you'll come away blown away by the pervasively desjroying power of rust. I was fascinated to read of techniques used to discover corrosion in the Alaska pipeline, for example. And while I vaguely remember the Statue of Liberty restoration in...
  • Converse
    I was astounded to find that corrosion could be an interesting subject. Who knew that:1) The 1980 climb of the Statue of Liberty by Ed Drummond and Stephen Rutherford to place a banner demanding the release of Geronimo Pratt,, a Black Panther (falsely) convicted of murder, led to the discovery that the statue's frame was rusting away. The climbers were initially thought to be using pitons, but the numerous holes were actually do to corrosion. The...
  • Jason Arias
    I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Okay, here's the deal, I'm not a rust nut (if that's even a thing) or a civil engineer (by any stretch of the imagination), but despite these shortcomings I found parts of this book extremely interesting. If you're into details, there are sections of chapters that definitely 'go deep'. But even if subatomic numbers make your vision blurry, like me, Waldman has a ...
  • Paul Pessolano
    “Rust, The Longest War” by Jonathan Waldman, published by Simon and Schuster.Category – Business/History Publication Date – March 10, 2015It took me longer to read this book than “War and Peace”, and it has less pages. If this book is meant for anyone it is best suited for those interested in Metallurgy, and I mean a serious interest.The subject matter is rust and its impact upon our lives, and how it is a battle that we have been fig...
  • Alli
    You'd think that reading a book about rust would be as exciting as reading a book about paint drying or grass growing, but Rust: The Longest War is actually quite fascinating. Jonathan Waldman presents things we take for granted, like cans, and delves into every aspect of its development, production, maintenance, and history. He shares this information with us by often following the work of one individual; for example, a photographer to takes stu...
  • Jenny Boyce
    A fascinating glimpse into the world of rust and the impacts it has on society. This book is a truly comprehensive history of rust, covering everything from the impact on aluminum cans to the impact on the military. Prior to reading this book I hadn't really thought much about rust, other than the basics when it impacted my life, after reading I will certainly pay more attention to rust and the ways that it impacts life.As well as being an engagi...
  • Martin
    Quite a sterling debut. Each chapter covers this ignored but fascinating topic from completely different viewpoints, with various degrees of interestingness, but no shortage of impeccable coverage, great detail on the human personalities, a healthy injection of good humor, and non-stop fascination with mustaches. He then wraps up all the loose ends quite nicely, and gives good, pragmatic solutions for the future. Excellent, important read. Nicely...
  • Cindy
    This book sheds light on a "war" I never realized. The author takes a dry subject and spins it into a humorous, historical, fascinating read! As an avid sailor, I was hooked from the first chapter and never put the book down. Eye opening and well written.
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Rust never sleeps, but parts of this book were soporific; all of it was disjointed. Still, some good points made: mostly that an ounce of prevention, etc., and that were we not so enthralled with building new bright, shiny objects, we could maintain existing ones far cheaper.
  • Debra Hennessey
    I've got to find more books by this guy. He made rust interesting.
  • Cherie
    Compulsive, funny and fascinating. I just called up a friend to talk about why more bridges aren't galvanized in this country. Clearly I've got Rust under my skin.
  • Joe Rousmaniere
    A clever and informative book. Read of the year so far for me. The section on can coatings (every can has a sprayed on interior coating. Who knew?) is worth the price of admission alone.
  • Ben
    "Rust" is a fun read that covers various stories related to rust and other forms of corrosion. Oddly, I do like the idea of referring to all of corrosion as rust. It’s such a simple syllable and why should the corrosion of iron get its own word? The book starts off with a couple of historical tales related to rust and then shifts to more contemporary ones, though the author continues to blend in some historical details. As the significance of r...
  • Roberta
    I never, ever would have imagined that I would be "riveted" by a book about rust. However, Jonathan Waldman took a fascinating perspective on a seemingly boring subject, and completely drew me into his adventures and discoveries.About rust!I enjoyed this book so much, I think, because I love finding out how the world works. (I use "why" & "how" like a 5-year-old.) Waldman has a knack for relating hard science and facts to historical figures, even...
  • Alan Earhart
    This is a wonderful book! You don't need a science background to enjoy this look at rust. The author takes a number of different viewpoints on it and all were fascinating!The first chapter covers the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and I were creating a course pack for a general chemistry class that including electrochemistry, I would want to include this chapter. Electrochemistry is one of my weakest areas as a general chemistry instructor ...
  • Jamie
    It took me so long to finish this book (1 year) that I often joked to myself that I was progressing through it like Rust -- slowly, but surely. That's not to say that the book wasn't phenomenal, however. Waldman did really well in linking together various stories in completely different realms around one single topic. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more scientific nonfiction, but struggles with the more ...