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David Nye casts his bright light on everything from assembly lines to washing machines, from the plummeting price of urban electricity to the usefulness of electric incubators in chicken farming...Mr. Nye succeeds not simply because he knows his technology, but also because be understands the complexity of American culture...[He] has the breadth of knowledge and the good sense to see the significance in paintings like Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'...and to weave such observations into the very armature of his argument that electricity transformed not only American life but the American self.(John R. Stilgoe New York Times Book Review)
There are few examples of the introduction of a new physical principle that had more profound effects on human civilization than electricity. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Roger Ham
David Nye approaches the social history of America's electrification--what could have been a fascinating exegesis of a protean cultural/industrial force--with the enthusiasm of a... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Matt Stimple