Journals Higher Education



01 September 2014

288 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823261765

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How Air Conditioning Changed Everything

Salvatore Basile

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • Cool provides a fascinating trip back in time before air conditioning when people ignored hot weather while reading each day's list of heat-related deaths, women wore furs in the summertime, and the mere idea of a machine to cool the air was considered sinful.
  • Basile's history provides a roller-coaster ride that takes an amazing number of stops along the way. He touches on the federal government, high society, Madison Avenue, tract-house developers-even the most democratic venue of all: neighborhood movie theaters.
  • Cool is not the story of a single invention, but the end result of a whole chain of inventions that included highly-trained engineers as well as intuitive amateurs.

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