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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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Editorial Reviews


"Pittsburgh etches in bold relief the environmental dilemmas that confronted cities everywhere in the industrial and postindustrial eras. This book raises profound questions about how cities can best surmount the legacy of industrial production in reconstructing contemporary landscapes."
—Andrew Hurley, University of Missouri–St. Louis

"A first-rate volume that clearly explains how Pittsburgh has attempted to overcome the severe environmental pressures of industrialization in coping with land, water, and air pollution."
—Martin V. Melosi, University of Houston

"Helps us better understand how this former frontier outpost became an industrial powerhouse, and how that explosive transformation complicated human life and the landscapes on which it depended."
—Char Miller, Trinity University

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"Conveys important lessons for environmentalists . . . an important contribution to the growing field of environmental history . . . demonstrates how the study of complex phenomena can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach."--Science

"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


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Product Details

  • Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822958929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822958925
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 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: #1,251,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. mack on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book puts the environment of Pittsburgh and the environmental movement of the region into perspective. The city prides itself on its "green revolution" but much of that pride is based on hearsay and the perceived common knowledge. Anyone interested in environmental and civic issues in the Pittsburgh region should read this book and get the real story. It is fine to be proud of Pittsburgh's apparent accomplishments, but it is important to understand how they came to be.

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.
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