Books available for review

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Books available for review in IA (last updated 4/9/21).

Anfinson, Scott F., Practical Heritage Management: Preserving a Tangible Past (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019). 514 pp., hardcover.
Conlogue, Bill, Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2017). 197 pp., hardcover.
Franzen, John G., The Archaeology of the Logging Industry (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2020). 240 pp., hardcover.
Structure of Skyscrapers Cover Friedman, Donald, The Structure of Skyscrapers in America, 1871–1900. Their History and Preservation. (Springfield, IL: Association for Preservation Technology Int’l., 2020). 450pp [PB], 539 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9986347-1-5.
Johnson, Bob, Mineral Rights: An Archaeology of the Fossil Economy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). 231 pp., hardcover.
Kahn, Matthew E. and Mac McComas, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021). 153 pp., softcover.
Lay, Maxwell Gordon, The Harnessing of Power: How 19th Century Transport Innovators Transformed the Way the World Operates (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). 371 pp., hardcover.
Montoya Mar, Francisco, Arqueología en la fábrica de dulces La Esperanza (Zacatecas, Mex.: Universidad Autonóma de Zacatecas, 2019). 193 pp., paperbound. [in Spanish]
Snow, Bradley D., Living with Lead: An Environmental History of Idaho’s Coeur D’Alenes, 1885–2011 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). 275 pp., paperbound.
Rice to Ruin Cover Williams, Roy III and Alexander Lucas Lofton, Rice to Ruin: The Jonathan Lucas Family in South Carolina, 1783–1929 (Charleston: University of South Carolina Press, 2018). 427 pp., hardcover.

Cooke, Gilmore C., The Existential Joys of Fred Stark Pearson (1861-1915): Engineer, Entrepreneur, Envisioner (n.p.: the author, 2019)

Cooke, Gilmore C., The Story of the L Street Power Station 1898–2006 (n.p.: the author, 2020)
Rails East to Ogden ps-TP Polk, Michael R., and Christopher W. Merritt, Rails East to Ogden: Utah’s Transcontinental Railroad Story, Cultural Resources Series no. 29 (Salt Lake City: Bureau of Land Management, 2021). 321 pp. Note: this title is available to the reviewer only as an eBook; Table of contents:[PDF].
Howell, Jack, The Technical Traveler: World Travels for the Technically Inclined. (n.p.: the author, 2018). 180pp., paperbound.
Howell, Jack, Faded Texas Industries: A Photo Essay – 2nd Edition(n.p.: the author, 2016). 186pp., paperbound.
Howell, Jack, The Lost Cotton Gins of Central Texas. (n.p.: the author, 2011). 142pp., paperbound.


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Information for Reviewers

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Information for Publishers

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