Lindsay Shen is Director of Art Collections at Chapman University, California. She is the author of Knowledge is Pleasure: Florence Ayscough in Shanghai (2012).
Shen has the passion, turn of phrase, and international expertise to write a book about the history of humanity's use of silver and how it has impacted languages, cultures, science, economics, and politics. While most people are familiar with silver coins, jewelry, tableware, and bullets, Shen also uncovers the use of silver in medicines, electronics, medical devices, and modern clothing. Even though silver has always symbolized purity, Shen firmly elucidates that its acquisition and processing involved wars, slavery, and environmental destruction. Recommended. --R. S. Wexelbaum, Saint Cloud State University Choice