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Consuming Power - by David E. Nye

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    This history book is fun and enjoyable to read. -Mark H. Consuming Power - A Social History of American Energies by David E. Nye
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      This history book is fun and enjoyable to read. -Mark H.

      Consuming Power - A Social History of American Energies
      by David E. Nye
      http://books.google.com/books?id=5AHVmoXXidQC&dq
      with readable pages

      How did the United States become the world's largest consumer of energy? In
      Consuming Power, David Nye shows that this is less a question about the
      development of technology than it is a question about the development of
      culture. Nye focuses on the lives of ordinary people engaged in normal
      activities, examining how these activities changed as new energy systems
      were constructed, from colonial times to recent years. He also shows how, as
      Americans incorporated new machines and processes into their lives, they
      became ensnared in power systems that were not easily changed: they made
      choices about the conduct of their lives, and those choices accumulated to
      produce a consuming culture.

      Nye examines a sequence of large systems that acquired and then lost
      technological momentum over the course of American history, including water
      power, steam power, electricity, the internal-combustion engine, atomic
      power, and computerization. He shows how each system became part of a larger
      set of social constructions through its links to the home, the factory, and
      the city.

      About the Author
      David E. Nye is Professor of History, Center for American Studies,
      University of Southern Denmark. He was awarded the 2005 Leonardo Da Vinci
      Medal, presented by the Society for the History of Technology.
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