Books available for review

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Books available for review in IA (last updated 10/07/21).

Fehring, Thomas H. and Terry S. Reynolds (eds.) Chronicles of Mechanical Engineering in the United States(New York: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2021). 425 pp., softcover, 250+ illustrations. ISBN 9798585356056.
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.
Kahn, Matthew E. and Mac McComas, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021). 153 pp., softcover.
Kavett, Joshua A., The History of Fisher & Norris Eagle Anvil Works 1843-2020 (Adelphia, New Jersey: FNFM Publishing, 2020). 376 pp., hardcover, color illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-09831-166-7.
Montoya Mar, Francisco, Arqueología en la fábrica de dulces La Esperanza (Zacatecas, Mex.: Universidad Autonóma de Zacatecas, 2019). 193 pp., paperbound. [in Spanish]
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.
Howell, Jack, The Lost Cotton Gins of Central Texas. (n.p.: the author, 2011). 142pp., paperbound.

William Metzger, The Great Allegheny Passage companion: guide to history & heritage along the trail, 2nd ed. (Pittsburgh: Local History Co., 2021), 319pp.

Oliver Dinius, Brazil’s Steel City : Developmentalism, Strategic Power, and Industrial Relations in Volta Redonda, 1941-1964 (Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 2010), 325 pp.

Serig, Howard, Along the Railroad: A North American Rail Journey 1958-1978 (Vienna, Virginia: S&L Professional Services, 2016), 222 pp., hardcover, B&W photographs. ISBN 978-0-692-48684-9.


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