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A thought-provoking study of danger and how people have managed it in American from preindustrial and industrial times up until today.

(Steven Goddard History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive)

Risk is a fascinating exploration of culture, history, and mankind's tenuous grasp on saving itself from accidents.

(Midwest Book Review)

Writing in a lucid style, Mohun gives an impressive overview of the American transition from vernacular to expert-centered or state-driven risk regimes.

(Claas Kirchhelle British Journal for the History of Science)

Mohun’s claims are persuasively argued, well documented, rooted in the everyday experiences of knowledgeable historical contemporaries, and animated by the broad political, social, and cultural changes that define modernization.

(David Blanke American Historical Review)

Mohun's comprehensive approach registers a major contribution that takes safety history a big step forward.

(Donald W. Rogers Journal of American History)


Arwen Mohun has written a fascinating account of the rise, growth, and decline of a little-noticed industry... This is a significant book that advances scholarship on the relationship of technology, gender, and culture.

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st Printing edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421407906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421407906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 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: #1,214,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Midair5410 on November 6, 2014
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Haven't finished the book but so far I have been very happy. I work in Aviation Safety and better understanding of the history of risk management gives me some perspective on challenges I am facing.
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