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  • Garbage In The Citiesby Martin V. Melosi

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2004; US$ 34.95

    As recently as the 1880s, most American cities had no effective means of collecting and removing the mountains of garbage, refuse, and manure-over a thousand tons a day in New York City alone-that clogged streets and overwhelmed the senses of residents. In his landmark study, Garbage in the Cities , Martin Melosi offered the first history of efforts... more...

  • Precious Commodityby Martin V. Melosi

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 32.95

    As an essential resource, water has been the object of warfare, political wrangling, and individual and corporate abuse. It has also become an object of commodification, with multinational corporations vying for water supply contracts in many countries. In Precious Commodity, Martin V. Melosi examines water resources in the United States and addresses... more...

  • The Sanitary Cityby Martin V. Melosi

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2008; US$ 32.95

    Immersed in their on-demand, highly consumptive, and disposable lifestyles, most urban Americans take for granted the technologies that provide them with potable water, remove their trash, and process their wastewater. These vital services, however, are the byproduct of many decades of development by engineers, sanitarians, and civic planners. ... more...

  • Atomic Age Americaby Martin V. Melosi

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 61.62

    Atomic Age America looks at the broad influence of atomic energy┬┐focusing particularly on nuclear weapons and nuclear power┬┐on the lives of Americans within a world context. The text examines the social, political, diplomatic, environmental, and technical impacts of atomic energy on the 20th and 21st centuries, with a look back to the origins of atomic... more...

  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Cultureby Martin V. Melosi

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    From semitropical coastal areas to high mountain terrain, from swampy lowlands to modern cities, the environment holds a fundamental importance in shaping the character of the American South. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys the dynamic environmental forces that have shaped human culture in the region--and the ways... more...

  • Energy Metropolisby Martin V. Melosi; Joseph A. Pratt

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2007; US$ 32.95

    Houston's meteoric rise from a bayou trading post to the world's leading oil supplier owes much to its geography, geology, and climate: the large natural port of Galveston Bay, the lush subtropical vegetation, the abundance of natural resources. But the attributes that have made it attractive for industry, energy, and urban development have also... more...

  • New World Citiesby John Tutino; Martin V. Melosi

    The University of North Carolina Press 2019; US$ 26.99

    For millennia, urban centers were pivots of power and trade that ruled and linked rural majorities. After 1950, explosive urbanization led to unprecedented urban majorities around the world. That transformation--inextricably tied to rising globalization--changed almost everything for nearly everybody: production, politics, and daily lives. In this... more...

  • Energy Capitalsby Joseph A. Pratt; Martin V. Melosi; Kathleen A. Brosnan

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2014; US$ 32.95

    Fossil fuels propelled industries and nations into the modern age and continue to powerfully influence economies and politics today. As Energy Capitals demonstrates, the discovery and exploitation of fossil fuels has proven to be a mixed blessing in many of the cities and regions where it has occurred. With case studies from the United States,... more...

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