2002 "First Edition" stated; "An inventor's obsession and the struggle for a rubber monopoly"; Encounter Books publishers, San Francisco; hardbound in ivory and grey boards with gilt lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages, appears unread; pictoral dust jacket very good.
Goodyear was a bit of a rogue,'' he observed. ``But he also was nice. One of my theories behind the book was that a culture of theft existed at the time (in the mid-1800s).'' Breakthroughs and knowledge were swiped regularly and used illegally. Even Goodyear was not shy about stooping to that level. Rivals such as inventor Thomas Hancock capitalized on his discoveries, as Goodyear tried to do on the innovations of others.
Charles Goodyear was not beyond taking ideas and developing them-but he also was a victim,'' the author said.
The book takes the reader inside Goodyear's kitchen laboratories all the way through his discovery and on to classic court battles-including the Great India Rubber Trial where Daniel Webster's brilliant representation put Goodyear in the history books-to the inventor's last years...