This excerpt is from the introduction.
"THERE is a glamor about the making of steel. The
very size of things--the immensity of the tools, the scale of production--grips
the mind with an overwhelming sense of power. Blast furnaces, eighty, ninety,
one hundred feet tall, gaunt and insatiable, are continually gaping to
admit ton after ton of ore, fuel, and stone. Bessemer converters dazzle
the eye with their leaping flames. Steel ingots at white heat, weighing
thousands of pounds, are carried from place to place and tossed about like
toys. Electric cranes pick up steel rails or fifty-foot girders as jauntily
as if their tons were ounces. These are the things that cast a spell over
the visitor in these workshops of Vulcan. The display of power on every
hand, majestic and illimitable, is overwhelming; you must go again and
yet again before it is borne in upon you that there is a human problem
in steel production."