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Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region (Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ) Paperback – August 9, 2005
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"Devastation and Renewal has many strengths and much to offer both academic and popular audiences. All of the contributors are to be commended on the depth and originality of their research . . . a mighty contribution to the history of Pittsburgh and its surrounding region."--H-Environment
"Pittsburgh's environmental history and revitalization provide valuable lessons for industrial cities throughout the world which are seeking to improve environmental quality."--Journal of Environmental Quality
"This work links together technology, geography, politics, and society. Unlike most collections of essays the pieces in this work hold together. . . . Tarr provides a readable text that encompasses a coherent environmental story."--Journal of American History
"There is no greater expert [Tarr] on Pittsburgh's environmental history or the history of the nation's built environment. The result is a book that should be of great interest to students of urban and environmental history, as well as history of technology."--The American Historical Review
Top Customer Reviews
This book is relevant to the growing issues surrounding the Marcellus Shale in the region. Since the book was published in 2003, Pittsburgh has seen a growth in environmental activism surrounding the contentious issues of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, These pose real threats to the environment and quality of life in western Pennsylvania. A deeper understanding of the history of resource exploitation and waste disposal around Pittsburgh will greatly benefit those concerned with newer issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing.
It is a scholarly work and well referenced with informative end-notes. These do not interrupt the flow of reading. Anyone can read and draw from the book the level of information they desire. The high school student activist to professional academic will find the book useful and accessible.
Although it is composed of edited chapters, editing is excellent and every chapter reads well. Chapters are not redundant and appropriately cite other chapters in the book. Unlike many edited volumes, this one reads well in a consistent voice; there is no break between chapters where one needs to re-group before continuing. You can sit down and smoothly read this beginning to end as a single narrative.Read more ›