Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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It's July and it's 94 degrees Fahrenheit. What do you do? Blast the air conditioning. It's a modern miracle of convenience and cooling. How did it happen? Sal Basile's narrative history traces the origins one of the machines we take for granted. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything provides history readers and social science students alike with a review of how air conditioning evolved and changed life in America, and is recommended not just for college collections but for any seeking a pairing
of history and lively social insights.

(―Midwest Book Review)

“Fascinating … examines the technology and its penetration into American life.” (―First Things)

“The all-encompassing guidebook to the history of air conditioning, chronicling the numerous gimmicks, failed attempts, con jobs, and eventual successes … a surprisingly interesting journey.” (―San Francisco Book Review)

. . . A lively and endlessly informative tale about how air conditioning happened scientifically and what it has done for and to us. (―The Common Reader)

“COOL tells the surprisingly suspenseful story of the development and gradual adoption of air conditioning in the United States. The puckish Basile is more than up to the task, and his copious research pays off: Not only is COOL an informative read, each chapter is strewn with more anecdotes than there are sprinkles on an ice cream cone. Some are hilarious; others, jaw-dropping. Best of all, each chapter leaves you wanting more.” (―American Scientist)

“Snarky … entertaining.” (―Weekly Standard)

“A look at our love affair with air-conditioning … breezily anecdotal.” (―The New York Times)

“A joy … I wish you coolth!” (―KCRW-FM)

“Charming … Much fun … short, sharp micro-history.” (―New Scientist)

“Some surprising things you probably don't know about air conditioning.” (―Los Angeles Times) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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