Vince Beiser

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While re­port­ing The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Trans­formed Civ­i­liza­tion, award-win­ning jour­nal­ist Vince Beiser trav­eled the globe. Trips to sculpt his ac­count of this vi­tal re­source took him to places such as In­dia, where so-called sand mafias mur­der for the il­le­gally sourced com­mod­ity, and China, where min­ers ex­tract im­mense amounts of it to sat­isfy the coun­try’s vo­ra­cious ap­petite for con­crete. But one tale ul­ti­mately couldn’t be told in full in the book, due out in Au­gust. So in­stead of leav­ing it at that, Beiser, who started his ca­reer as a cor­re­spon­dent in the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict, trans­formed the life of desert ex­plorer, dune ex­pert, and World War II vet­eran Ralph Al­ger Bag­nold into a fea­ture for PopSci. The his­tor­i­cal fig­ure’s gritty story be­gins on page 78.

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