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Refrigeration Nation: A History of Ice, Appliances, and Enterprise in America (Studies in Industry and Society) Hardcover – September 9, 2013

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A fascinating book.

(Linda Pelaccio Heritage Radio)

Rees has written a solid, comprehensive account of the technological creation of cold chains in the United States. I wish this book had been available for me to read when I was doing my own research.

(Mansel G. Blackford, author of Making Seafood Sustainable: American Experiences in Global Perspective)

Refrigeration Nation is a valuable, well-researched study, but it also suggests the need for more work on a subject that at first seems mundane and taken for granted but, upon greater inspection, is really quite fascinating and compelling.

(Kathy Merlock Jackson Journal of American Culture)

Jonathan Rees provides us a good history of the ice industry, cold chains, cold storage, refrigerated transport, and mechanical refrigeration in this valuable book.

(Sonu Chandiram Biz India Magazine)

On the whole, this is a smart and illuminating book that will be of great interest to anyone engaged with either the history of techonology of the history of food.

(Helen Zoe Veit American Historical Review)

Rees has written an entertaining, well-narrated, and well-researched book about building one root infrastructure of modern food systems. He brings this infrastructure to the foreground of U.S. history, and hopefully the book will reach a broad readership, both within history departments and a public with an interest in the intersections of the histories of food, business, and technology.

(Terje Finstad Business History)

[Rees] delves into the very infrastructure of ice-making, chronicling the engineering feats, describing the machinery of temperature control, and a particularly appealing exploration of human ingenuity that has made refrigerated food the norm in American homes.

(Claire Stewart Food, Culture, and Society)

Refrigeration Nation is a well-written and useful book for both scholars and students... Rees presents a well-developed account of the importance of American enterprise and innovation in the national and global marketplace.

(Paul Nienkamp History: Reviews of New Books)

About the Author

Jonathan Rees is a professor of history at Colorado State University, Pueblo. He is the author of Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life: A Brief Introduction and the coauthor of Refrigerator.

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  • Series: Studies in Industry and Society
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st Printing edition (September 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421411067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421411064
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I teach American history at Colorado State University - Pueblo. My writing has been published in the Atlantic, Slate and Inside Higher Education. I'm also a columnist at the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae Project.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Calestous Juma on October 31, 2013
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This book is an outstanding piece of scholarship that demonstrates how technology and culture are so tightly interwoven. I highly recommend it. Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School
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