Great Lakes/Great Books is a monthly discussion group of books that have a focus on the Great Lakes or on water in general. Works of fiction, nonfiction, and more are discussed both in-person and virtually. This month’s selection is The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus and a Would Out of Balance by Dan Egan.
About the book
Phosphorus has played a critical role in some of the most lethal substances on earth: firebombs, rat poison, nerve gas. But its also the key component of one of the most vital, fertilizer which has sustained life for billions of people. In this major work of explanatory science and environmental journalism, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan investigates the past, present, and future of what has been called “the oil of our time.”