How We Built This: Infrastructure & Our World

Tales of the tycoons, tinkerers, and everyday people that shaped our built environment & systems.
Title Author Cover
The boy who harnessed the wind William Kamkwamba The boy who harnessed the wind cover image
Cadillac desert : the American West and its disappearing water Marc Reisner Cadillac desert : the American West and its disappearing water cover image
Edison Edmund Morris Edison cover image
Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man Mark Kurlansky Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man cover image
Silver people : voices from the Panama Canal Margarita Engle Silver people : voices from the Panama Canal cover image
Interstate 69 : the unfinished history of the last great American highway Matt Dellinger Interstate 69 : the unfinished history of the last great American highway 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
Titan : the life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Ron Chernow Titan : the life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. cover image
The workers of Boston's Big Dig Michael Hintlian The workers of Boston's Big Dig cover image
Children of the city : at work and at play David Nasaw Children of the city : at work and at play cover image
Fashionopolis : the price of fast fashion - and the future of clothes Dana Thomas Fashionopolis : the price of fast fashion - and the future of clothes cover image
Traveling Black : a story of race and resistance Mia Bay Traveling Black : a story of race and resistance cover image
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life Margaret Guroff The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life cover image
Boston in motion Frank Cheney Boston in motion cover image
American-made : the enduring legacy of the WPA : when FDR put the nation to work Nick Taylor American-made : the enduring legacy of the WPA : when FDR put the nation to work cover image
Someone builds the dream Lisa Wheeler Someone builds the dream cover image
The fabric of civilization : how textiles made the world Virginia Postrel The fabric of civilization : how textiles made the world cover image
Dubai : gilded cage Syed Ali Dubai : gilded cage cover image
Waterborne : a novel Bruce Murkoff Waterborne : a novel 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
User friendly : how the hidden rules of design are changing the way we live, work, and play Cliff Kuang User friendly : how the hidden rules of design are changing the way we live, work, and play cover image
Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad Gordon H Chang Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad cover image
The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation Jon Gertner The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation cover image
Instant city : life and death in Karachi Steve Inskeep Instant city : life and death in Karachi 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
Building the world : an encyclopedia of the great engineering projects in history Building the world : an encyclopedia of the great engineering projects in history cover image
The accidental billionaires : the founding of Facebook : a tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal Ben Mezrich The accidental billionaires : the founding of Facebook : a tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal cover image
The Chinese and the iron road : building the transcontinental railroad The Chinese and the iron road : building the transcontinental railroad cover image
Bunch of amateurs : a search for the American character Jack Hitt Bunch of amateurs : a search for the American character 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
Thunderstruck Erik Larson Thunderstruck cover image
Greenwood : a novel Michael Christie Greenwood : a novel cover image
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869 Stephen E Ambrose Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869 cover image
Falling upwards : how we took to the air Richard Holmes Falling upwards : how we took to the air cover image
The code : Silicon Valley and the remaking of America Margaret Pugh O'Mara The code : Silicon Valley and the remaking of America cover image
The weather machine : a journey inside the forecast Andrew Blum The weather machine : a journey inside the forecast 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
Railroads in the African American experience : a photographic journey Theodore Kornweibel Railroads in the African American experience : a photographic journey 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
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe George Dyson Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe cover image
The edge of anarchy : the railroad barons, the Gilded Age, and the greatest labor uprising in America Jack Kelly The edge of anarchy : the railroad barons, the Gilded Age, and the greatest labor uprising in America cover image
The Half Has Never Been Told : Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Edward E Baptist The Half Has Never Been Told : Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism cover image
The Pillars of the earth Ken Follett The Pillars of the earth cover image
Reach for the skies : ballooning, birdmen, and blasting into space Richard Branson Reach for the skies : ballooning, birdmen, and blasting into space cover image
The optimist's telescope : thinking ahead in a reckless age Bina Venkataraman The optimist's telescope : thinking ahead in a reckless age 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
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
A mind at play : how Claude Shannon invented the information age Jimmy Soni A mind at play : how Claude Shannon invented the information age cover image
The Hello Girls : America's first women soldiers Elizabeth Cobbs The Hello Girls : America's first women soldiers cover image
Serena : a novel Ron Rash Serena : a novel cover image