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Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain by Mark Crispin Miller, Gerard Colby Zilg

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Thirteen

THE CRISIS YEARS

1. GUARDING THE HOMEFRONT

On a warm starless night in the summer of 1968, a tense quiet hung over the city of Wilmington. Nearby, like a sleeping giant, rested the Delaware River, its black waters still simmering from the heat of the day. Across the river, along the New Jersey banks, the Du Pont Chamber Works could be seen in the distance, flaring orange and yellow against the night. From that vast city of yellow lights spewed forth the tall, bright-blue arc that traced the Delaware Memorial Bridge rising to span the river, then reaching down to touch the shores of the state of Delaware. Over the blue arc, a long steady stream of yellow auto lights quietly flowed. But only a few got off at the Wilmington exit.

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