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The National Writers Series is pleased to welcome New York Times best-selling author Dan Egan who will discuss his new book, The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance.
He writes in the book about how phosphorus is the source of great bounty―and now great peril―all over the world. It has played a critical role in some of the most lethal substances on earth: firebombs, rat poison, nerve gas. But it’s also the key component of one of the most vital: fertilizer, which has sustained life for billions of people. His book explores the alarming reality that diminishing access to phosphorus poses a threat to the food system worldwide―which risks rising conflict and even war.