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Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies

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Nye uses energy as a touchstone to examine the lives of ordinary people engaged in normal activities.
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Published October 17th 1997 by MIT Press (first published 1997)
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Stephen
Essentially, Consuming Power examines the way American choices regarding technology -- specifically, which technologies to use, and in which ways -- shape society. It's short for the timespan it covers, but dense; the word muscular comes to mind. Nye wastes no words: : every sentence carries with it the meat of facts or analysis. He has grievances with those who believe certain technologies always have particular effects on society, like the introduction of the automobile leading to a society wh ...more
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We were given a few selections from this book in my History of Energy course this past spring semester (2013). Since we didn't read the complete book, I can hardly comment on it as a whole, but what we did read was both informative and enjoyable. Since we also read Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940, I think that I can also safely say that I enjoy Mr. Nye's writing style, though. For this reason, his books were definitely better to read than some of the other bo ...more
Claire
Lots of interesting facts in this book but it's a slog to get through. I read it for my energy bookclub and skimmed a lot of parts b/c it was too tedious. Good information though.
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David E. Nye is Professor of American History at the University of Southern Denmark. The winner of the 2005 Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology, he is the author of Image Worlds: Corporate Identities at General Electric, 1890-1930 (1985), Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940 (1990), American Technological Sublime (1994), Consuming Po ...more
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