Consuming power a social history of american energies and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Consuming power a social history of american energies user review not available book verdict despite the double entendre in its title this work focuses less on the history of americas consumption of energy than on its sheer consumption conspicuous and incorrigible. Consuming power is well balanced in its chronology in its treatment of major economic and social changes and in its efforts to capture the essence of the american consumer culture the emphasis on choice as the central factor in applying and using energy technologies sits squarely at the core of recent thinking about the history of . In this social history of american energy systems and energy consumption as in his earlier works nye paints a broad canvas assembling the breadth of americas energy consuming history from concrete and expedient particulars and smartly chosen insightful anecdotes that sweeten the story. In a review of this book peter bacon hales points to the contribution the book makes to an understanding of american culture by focusing on the ever expanding consumption of power especially in connecting the consumption culture to the energy systems that made its existence possible p 725 in
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