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Asbestos House

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Scribe Publications
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • ed.
  • 1921215704
  • 9781921215704
  • 298,776

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"Reads like a Greek tragedy and is as good." --"Australian Financial Review Magazine" "The asbestos that for 90 years was Hardie's core business eventually became a liability, and the story of how the company tried -- and continues to try -- to distance itself from its past makes for fascinating reading." --Lachlan Jobbins, Australian Bookseller & Publisher "Reads like a Greek tragedy and is as good." "Australian Financial Review Magazine"" "The asbestos that for 90 years was Hardie s core business eventually became a liability, and the story of how the company tried and continues to try to distance itself from its past makes for fascinating reading." Lachlan Jobbins, Australian Bookseller & Publisher" "This well-written and researched book should appeal to the legal mind, since it recounts how human folly on a grand scale led to an ever-increasing stream of personal damages claims and a commission of enquiry." --Philip Burgess, Law Society Journal "Deserves reading by anyone wanting to understand an increasingly rotten strand in modern business culture." --Jack Waterford, Canberra Times "This is a book that should be in any library with a business section. The story is more instructive that tales of colourful villains such as Alan Bond or of corrupt corporations such as Enron . . . Haigh's is a story of people who were unable, or chose not, to deal with profoundly conflicting interests. Subtle and thorough, it's a page-turner." --Peter McLennan, Australian Book Review "Reads like a Greek tragedy and is as good." --Australian Financial Review Magazine "Meticulously researched and powerfully written . . . This fine book should be required reading for those who wish to understand corporate capitalism and also to promote business ethics." --Weekend Australian "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 Sunshow more

About Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for more than thirty years, contributed to more than a hundred newspapers and magazines, written thirty books and edited seven others. His book On Warne won the British Sports Book Awards Best Cricket Book of the Year Award, the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award, the Jack Pollard Trophy, and the Waverley Library Nib Award; it was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. The Office won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction. Other recent titles include Uncertain Corridors- Writings on Modern Cricket, End of the Road? on Australia's automotive industry, and The Deserted Newsroom, about media in a digital age.show more

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