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Energy and Civilization: A History (The MIT Press) Hardcover – May 12, 2017

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Smil's masterful overview explains energy's centrality in creating and sustaining civilization. Grounded in science, sensitive to cultural differences, and richly detailed, it is the definitive work on this vital subject.

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