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The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story

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The arcanum--the recipe to make gold--was mankind's legendary quest since the Age of Reason. By the early 18th century, however, porcelain began to ... Show synopsis

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  • The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story (Warner Books (NY)) – Hardcover (1999)
    by Janet Gleeson

    The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story

    Hardcover, Warner Books (NY)
    1999
    English
    324 pages

    ISBN: 0446524999
    ISBN-13: 9780446524995

    The arcanum--the recipe to make gold--was mankind's legendary quest since the Age of Reason. By the early 18th century, however, porcelain began to rival gold in value. Gleeson recounts the true story of Johann Friedrich Bottger, an alchemist, who, at the cost of his own life, discovered how to make porcelain and changed the course of history.

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Reviews of The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story

Overall customer rating: 3.000
Robert C

Great service

by Robert C on Nov 1, 2012

Wonderful book in like new condition, which I gave as a gift to a appreciative friend.

pamela1717

Disappointing; abandoned

by pamela1717 on Jun 17, 2009

This book had received rave reviews on a blog site discussing top non-fiction reads. Sadly, I can't return the favor. I found myself skimming too often to retain the events/facts of the story. Although touted by the blogger "reads like a novel" the writing style wasn't one I found appealing--the style was a little too "educational British" for me which is not my taste at all. I also felt the author spent too much time on one area and then would skip over things that really needed details or clarification. I gave it the 100+ page try and then abandoned it.

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