The Civilizing Machine: A Cultural History of Mexican Railroads, 1876-1910 by Michael Matthews
Call number: BUSP HE2818 .M33 2013
Matthews provides a cultural and ideological study of Mexico’s railroads, providing interesting detail and accounts of the Mexican people’s understanding of symbolic power of the railroad. Both the dictatorship of General Porfirio Diaz and political opponents used the railroad to legitimize their claims to power. Recommended for anyone interested in this period of history or the intersection of railroads, culture, and politics.
Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility, edited by Moshe Givoni and David Banister
Call number: BUSP HE147.65 .M68 2013
This book is a “must-read” for anyone interested in de-carbonizing cities, looking at not just the more commonly considered economic and technological dimensions, but also the social, cultural, and behavioral sides of making city transport a low carbon reality. The holistic view of mobility and transport structures will be valuable to anyone studying this area of environmental policy.
Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country by Jedediah S. Rogers
Call number: BUSP GE155 .U8 R64 2013
Winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History, this book provides an engaging look at the canyon country of southern Utah and northern Arizona and the conflict between wilderness preservation and industrial development. Rogers situates this conflict in the long history of the region and its culture. Anyone interested in the past and future of this area, or simply the intersection of wilderness and development should check it out.
Tracks in the Amazon: The Day-to-Day Life of the Workers on the Madeira-Mamore Railroad by Gary Neeleman and Rose Neeleman
Call number: BUSP HE2930 .M2 N44 2014
Building a railroad through the rain forests of Bolivia and Brazil was an almost 50 year undertaking. This book provides an in-depth account of the engineers and workers who accomplished this monumental task in hazardous conditions, including a harsh climate, malaria and yellow fever, and wild animal attacks. The story is brought to life through rarely seen photographs of the construction and reproductions of articles from a newspaper written for the American expat workers.
Smart Transport Networks: Market Structure, Sustainability and Decision Making, edited by Thomas Vanoutrive and Ann Verhetsel
Call number: BUSP HE147.5 .S63 2013
If you’re interested in transport and climate change, this book will give you the economic knowledge of transport market structures crucial to tackle transportation issues from policy, competition between different modes, and the relationship with climate change. The book also provides practical guidelines for dealing with transportation issues that can be a valuable resource for economic or policy proposals.
Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws
Call number: BUSP HE1021 .L38 2013
Laws gives readers an overview of the importance of railroads in history in a fascinating guide full of beautiful pictures. Railways from around the world are examined for their social, commercial, political, engineering, and military influence. Anyone studying the impact of rail systems or simply fans of railroads should check this out.