Saturday, February 23, 2013

Opening paragraphs................

The finished product

September 25, 1987:  Bulldozers hit the job site.  There was no groundbreaking ceremony for the Crawfordsville Project, no time for that, this was an emergency.  The Nucor Corporation, the ninth largest steel company in the United States, had purchased a square mile of cornfields south of the town of Crawfordsville, Indiana, a blank piece of Hoosier farmland upon which Nucor intended to restore American steel to its former greatness.  At the southern border of Nucor's greenfield site, the bulldozers pushed up a wall of earth near the hamlet of Whitesville, to protect a farmhouse and a couple of bungalows from the thunder of melting steel.
-Richard Preston, American Steel

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