How We Built This: Infrastructure & Our World

Tales of the tycoons, tinkerers, and everyday people that shaped our built environment & systems.
Title Author Cover
Greenwood : a novel Michael Christie Greenwood : a novel cover image
Failure is not an option : mission control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond Gene Kranz Failure is not an option : mission control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond cover image
The 99% invisible city : a field guide to the hidden world of everyday design Roman Mars The 99% invisible city : a field guide to the hidden world of everyday design cover image
Serena : a novel Ron Rash Serena : a novel cover image
The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world Simon Winchester The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world cover image
The architecture of happiness Alain De Botton The architecture of happiness cover image
The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger Marc Levinson The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger cover image
Golden gates : fighting for housing in America Conor Dougherty Golden gates : fighting for housing in America cover image
Barkskins : a novel Annie Proulx Barkskins : a novel cover image
Energy for the 21st century : a comprehensive guide to conventional and alternative sources Roy L Nersesian Energy for the 21st century : a comprehensive guide to conventional and alternative sources cover image
Empire rising Thomas Kelly Empire rising cover image
A city so grand : the rise of an American metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 Stephen Puleo A city so grand : the rise of an American metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 cover image
The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope William Kamkwamba The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope cover image
The great inversion and the future of the American city Alan Ehrenhalt The great inversion and the future of the American city cover image
Cockpit confidential : everything you need to know about air travel : questions, answers & reflections Patrick Smith Cockpit confidential : everything you need to know about air travel : questions, answers & reflections cover image
Bunch of amateurs : a search for the American character Jack Hitt Bunch of amateurs : a search for the American character cover image
The great bridge : the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge David G McCullough The great bridge : the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge cover image
Broad band : the untold story of the women who made the Internet Claire Lisa Evans Broad band : the untold story of the women who made the Internet cover image
The wizard and the prophet : two remarkable scientists and their dueling visions to shape tomorrow's world Charles C Mann The wizard and the prophet : two remarkable scientists and their dueling visions to shape tomorrow's world cover image
The Chinese and the iron road : building the transcontinental railroad The Chinese and the iron road : building the transcontinental railroad cover image
Ninety percent of everything : inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate Rose George Ninety percent of everything : inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate cover image
London under : the secret history beneath the streets Peter Ackroyd London under : the secret history beneath the streets cover image
Building today's green home : practical, cost-effective and eco-responsible homebuilding Art Smith Building today's green home : practical, cost-effective and eco-responsible homebuilding cover image
Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future Ashlee Vance Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future cover image
Engineers of victory : the problem solvers who turned the tide in the Second World War Paul M Kennedy Engineers of victory : the problem solvers who turned the tide in the Second World War cover image
Falling upwards : how we took to the air Richard Holmes Falling upwards : how we took to the air cover image
Heads in beds : a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality Jacob Tomsky Heads in beds : a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality cover image
One click : Jeff Bezos and the rise of Amazon.com Richard L Brandt One click : Jeff Bezos and the rise of Amazon.com cover image
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race Margot Lee Shetterly Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race cover image
Empires of light : Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world Jill Jonnes Empires of light : Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world cover image
Coders : the making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world Clive Thompson Coders : the making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world cover image
How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world Steven Johnson How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world cover image
If then : how the Simulmatics Corporation invented the future Jill Lepore If then : how the Simulmatics Corporation invented the future cover image
Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power Steve Coll Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power cover image
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life Margaret Guroff The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life cover image
The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer Jane Smiley The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer cover image
Iron empires : robber barons, railroads, and the making of modern America Michael A Hiltzik Iron empires : robber barons, railroads, and the making of modern America cover image
Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man Mark Kurlansky Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man cover image
Dubai : gilded cage Syed Ali Dubai : gilded cage cover image
The Train on the Beach : Forgotten Railroads that Transformed Winthrop, Orient Heights, and Revere Beach, Massachusetts William Lieberman The Train on the Beach : Forgotten Railroads that Transformed Winthrop, Orient Heights, and Revere Beach, Massachusetts cover image
Cadillac desert : the American West and its disappearing water Marc Reisner Cadillac desert : the American West and its disappearing water cover image
The boy who harnessed the wind William Kamkwamba The boy who harnessed the wind cover image
Green metropolis : why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are keys to sustainability David Owen Green metropolis : why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are keys to sustainability cover image
Instant city : life and death in Karachi Steve Inskeep Instant city : life and death in Karachi cover image
The innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution Walter Isaacson The innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution cover image
The fabric of civilization : how textiles made the world Virginia Postrel The fabric of civilization : how textiles made the world cover image
Thunderstruck Erik Larson Thunderstruck cover image
Wedding of the waters : the Erie Canal and the making of a great nation Peter L Bernstein Wedding of the waters : the Erie Canal and the making of a great nation cover image
The celebration chronicles : life, liberty and the pursuit of property value in Disney's new town Andrew Ross The celebration chronicles : life, liberty and the pursuit of property value in Disney's new town cover image
Energy : a human history Richard Rhodes Energy : a human history cover image