Asbestos House
Asbestos House

Asbestos House

The Secret History of James Hardie Industries


448 Pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: September 2008

ISBN 9781921215704

Rights: US & CA

Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (Sep 2008)


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Reconstructed from hundreds of hours of interviews and thousands of pages of documentation, this multi-award-winning saga of high finance is a clear depiction of industrial history, legal intrigue, medical breakthrough, and human frailty. Focusing on James Hardie Industries and the disastrous effects of asbestos in the Australian workplace, this study provides an insightful commentary on modern business ethics.


"A serious, sombre and, at times, heart-rending account befitting a tragic and awful story . . . At all times Haigh's research is impeccable. This is the book's great strength—it could become the reference book on all matters relating to asbestos." —Herald Sun

"Meticulously researched and powerfully written . . . This fine book should be required reading for those who wish to understand corporate capitalism and also to promote business ethics." —Weekend Australian

"Reads like a Greek tragedy and is as good." —Australian Financial Review Magazine

Author Biography

Gideon Haigh has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines and is the author of Bad Company: The Strange Cult of the CEO, One of a Kind: The Story of Bankers Trust Australia 1969–1999, and The Vincibles: A Suburban Cricket Season.