Today, most Americans know mining and smelting for its remnants: ghost towns, crumbling smelting works, and a half million abandoned mines. Many tourists visit old mining towns in the West and leave thinking it is a yesteryear industry, but with modern homes, businesses, and gadgets flush with minerals, mining and smelting are more important than ever. Yet, few know how the industry’s origins were powered by Eastern money and how that influence shaped the American West.
SLAG takes a new look at this once highly visible industry, one that manufactured the core materials for America’s Industrial Revolution. It focuses on the history of lead-silver mining and smelting through the lens of professional mining engineer Anton Eilers from the Civil War, through its Wild West years, and into smelting’s Trust years. The story ends with the highly public showdown over control of American Smelting & Refining in the early 1920s—the second largest employer in America at the time—between Anton’s son Karl and the famous Guggenheim family. Readers of SLAG won’t look at the industry or the West the same again.
TEST READER REVIEWS:
“I LOVED it! I knew that there were always a lot of shady dealings in business back in the day but it was very eye opening to read specifics. I love your writing…I think you do a great job of keeping interest in the stories.” – Benita Hennessy
“From beginning to end was a great read Dave. Knowing that you were related, and not just an author writing a book, made it all that much better. That was always in the back of my mind, thinking how cool that Dave is writing some family history, and not just writing for entertainment. . . My daughter(18) is first in line to read this next.” – Ward Williams
I loved it and couldn’t put it down… I’m going to read it again on my flight home tomorrow. What a great read. Thanks for giving me a sneak peak. – Dan Bowermaster