OPPORTUNITIES IN CHEMISTRY edited by George C. Pimentel, Washington: National Academy, Press, 1985 Written for the general public, this National Academy of Sciences report surveys contemporary research frontiers, the ways in which chemistry can address society's needs, and the resources needed to explore these frontiers.
BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE: CHEMISTRY FOR THE FUTURE
edited by Mary L. Good, Washington: American Chemical, Society, 1988
Edited by a past president of the American Chemical Society, this book includes essays by various authors (including Mark Wrighton) highlighting these two areas central to modern chemistry.
MADE IN AMERICA: REGAINING THE PRODUCTIVE EDGE
edited by Michael Dertouzos, Boston: MIT Press, 1989
This study by the MIT Commission on Productivity examines the strengths and weaknesses of American industry. The section on the chemical industry argues that it, along with aerospace, are the nation's two bright spots.