We welcome back David A. Taylor to Fountain for a new installation of our lively History Nights programming!!
Bring your questions about World War II and national security history. Neat stuff!
Cork Wars tells what happened when a 1940 Baltimore factory fire set off events that caught three families up perilously in World War II. The fire consumed a half-million dollars worth of cork, at a time when US industry relied on cork imported from oak forests in Spain and Portugal. (Before our age of plastics, many businesses including the defense industry used cork as a crucial sealant.) Rumors of Nazi sabotage put the cork industry and its workers in a national security searchlight. The book reads like a thriller as the three personal dramas intersect….
Journalist David A. Taylor teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America and Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World.