MAUVE: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World, Simon Garfield.
History. Everything has it. Even the color mauve. Most textile workers have set fiber to dye, natural or chemical. But how did we get to where we are now, zillions of colors, fairly safe to humans, and no chemistry degree necessary. William Perkin and the Industrial Revolution gave us our way of having color in our daily life today. But what was this Revolution like from the 19th Century point of view? Aniline dyes: the author says these common compounds pretty much changed industrialization and culture for the whole world. Anyone interested in using color now and who is curious about history will find this a good, quick read. ISBN: 0393323137. Softcover.