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Blackouts—whether they result from military planning, network failure, human error, or terrorism—offer snapshots of electricity"s increasingly central role in American society.
David Nye"s history of blackouts in America is much more than a history of these events. What he has given us is an insightful & often surprising social và cultural history of our relationship to, and increasing dependence on, electricity and its unseen grid.

Paul Israel

Director and General Editor, Thomas A. Edison Papers Project, Rutgers University


Blackouts—whether they result from military planning, network failure, human error, or terrorism—offer snapshots of electricity"s increasingly central role in American society.

Where were you when the lights went out? At trang chủ during a thunderstorm? During the Great Northeastern Blackout of 1965? In California when rolling blackouts hit in 2000? In 2003, when a cascading power failure left fifty million people without electricity? We often remember vividly our time in the dark. In When the Lights Went Out, David Nye views power nguồn outages in America from 1935 lớn the present not simply as technical failures but variously as military tactic, social disruption, crisis in the networked city, outcome of political & economic decisions, sudden encounter with sublightruyenky2.vny, & memories enshrined in photographs. Our electrically lit-up life is so natural to us that when the lights go off, the darkness seems abnormal.

Nye looks at America"s development of its electrical grid, which made large-scale nguồn failures possible & a series of blackouts from military blackouts to the “greenout” (exemplified by the new tradition of “Earth Hour”), a voluntary reduction organized by environmental organizations.

Blackouts, writes Nye, are breaks in the flow of social time that reveal much about the trajectory of American history. Each time one occurs, Americans confront their essential condition—not as isolated individuals, but as a community that increasingly binds itself together with electrical wires & signals.

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Hardcover Out of Print ISBN: 9780262013741 304 pp. | 5.375 in x 8 in 26 b&w illus. January 2010
Paperback $20.00 T ISBN: 9780262525077 304 pp. | 5.375 in x 8 in 26 b&w illus. September 2013
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Authors

David E. Nye David E. Nye is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota"s Charles Babbage Institute & Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. The author of twelve books with the ghtruyenky2.vn Press, including American Technological Sublime, he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2005 and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 2013.

Endorsements

David Nye"s history of blackouts in America is much more than a history of these events. What he has given us is an insightful & often surprising social & cultural history of our relationship to, và increasing dependence on, electricity và its unseen grid.

Paul Israel

Director & General Editor, Thomas A. Edison Papers Project, Rutgers University

Meticulously researched & engagingly written, When the Lights Went Out is part history and part cautionary tale. David Nye illumines his subject with such insight and skill that a reader won"t ever be able lớn flip on an electrical switch without thinking of this book and its consequential message.

Robert Schmuhl

Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund p. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism, University of Notre Dame

Fifteen years ago, David Nye"s groundbreaking Electrifying America showed us how the social, cultural, và political terrain shifted when the lights went on. Now he shows us what happened When the Lights Went Outa must-read for anyone who lived through or just heard about the big-city blackouts of 1965 onward và wonders what they meant.

Arthur phường Molella

Director, Sghtruyenky2.vnhsonian Lemelson Center

Fifteen years ago, David Nye"s groundbreaking Electrifying America showed us how the social, cultural, & political terrain shifted when the lights went on. Now he shows us what happened When the Lights Went Out a must-read for anyone who lived through or just heard about the big-city blackouts of 1965 onward and wonders what they meant.