Fire and Forge:
A Desert Railroad, a Wonder Metal, and the Making of an Aerospace Blacksmith
2013. iUniverse. Available from iUniverse and Amazon
Forged in the fire of Death Valley during the Great Depression, Harry Rosenberg went on to unlock the vast potential of titanium in aerospace, medicine and computers. He grew up in a most unusual dwelling—a red caboose on the T & T Railroad, which carried ore from Death Valley mines. His story is a fascinating blend of desert lore, mining tragedies, and arduous scientific research.
“How fortunate it is for lovers of the history of the arid West that Kathleen Housley has joined with Harry Rosenberg to record the life of this remarkable man … Fire and Forge casts an important light on this significant segment of desert history. It doesn’t get any better than this.” Dennis Casebier, desert author and director of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association.