History Night with David A. Taylor!!!

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.

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

1312 East Cary Street
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA 23219
Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421426914
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - December 14th, 2018