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"The best available history of the technology of American iron."

"This long-needed book is the best one-volume work extant on how ferrous metals were manufactured before the industrial revolution swept across the United States in the late 19th century... The value of this informing study is enhanced by the quality of the maps, scale drawings and pictures."

"A fascinating history of the iron industry... Gordon's strong interests in historic metallurgy and industrial archaeology provide a unique perspective that makes this a valuable addition to the literature."