Books

Education Is Not an App:

‘This is a timely, and essential, book. The authors avoid the common trap of being firmly in a pro- or anti- technology camps and instead view the application of educational technology through a political economy lens. Your classrooms are no longer solely your own, they argue. Educational technology, often driven by Silicon Valley ideology, has particular aims in education. Examining the claims made and the implications for all educators allows us to make informed decisions. The control of education is at stake, and this book sets out the key areas with clarity and passion.’ ― Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

‘Digital technologies can expand or contract freedom for faculty and students, depending on who’s making the decisions. In Education is Not an App, Poritz and Rees describe both the threat and the opportunity, and issue a clear call for faculty control of our new digital tools.’ ― Clay Shirky, Professor of Social Media, New York University, USA

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Refrigerator:

 

“Does life exist without refrigerators? For most of us, the answer is no. How this common kitchen appliance achieved its indispensable status in less than a century is an amazing tale filled with surprising twists and unexpected connections. Refrigerator is a delight to read. Bravo!” ―Andrew F. Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

“Allow Jonathan Rees to re-introduce you to the most underappreciated appliance in your kitchen: the refrigerator. Despite its recent and as yet patchy arrival on the world stage, the humble fridge has transformed how and what we eat, for better and for worse. This concise overview should be required reading for the 99.5 percent of Americans who own a refrigerator.” ―Nicola Twilley, author of Edible Geography and contributing writer at The New Yorker

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Refrigeration Nation:

“A smart and illuminating book that will be of great interest to anyone engaged with either the history of technology or the history of food.”

American Historical Review

“Rees has written an entertaining, well-narrated, and well-researched book about building one root infrastructure of modern food systems. He brings this infrastructure to the foreground of U.S. history, and hopefully the book will reach a broad readership, both within history departments and a public with an interest in the intersections of the histories of food, business, and technology.”

Business History

” Refrigeration Nation is a well-written and useful book for both scholars and students… Rees presents a well-developed account of the importance of American enterprise and innovation in the national and global marketplace.”

History: Reviews of New Books

“A fascinating book.”

— Heritage Radio

” Refrigeration Nation is a valuable, well-researched study, but it also suggests the need for more work on a subject that at first seems mundane and taken for granted but, upon greater inspection, is really quite fascinating and compelling.”

— Journal of American Culture

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Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life:

“In his concise and insightful book, Jonathan Rees has provided teachers of survey courses a handy guide for teaching the period from the Civil War to the 1920s. Rees provides not only a useful tool for teaching the period, but also advances the view that the era is best dealt with topically, encouraging historians to consider a review of their thoughts, lectures, and lesson plans for the topic. The scope and succinctness of Rees’s work are complemented by the clarity of his writing. This work was written with the student in mind: its brevity, the simplicity of expression, and organization of the material are clear and straightforward. Perhaps the most useful aspect of the text is the ordering of the topics in such a way that teachers who are less familiar with the era can increase their awareness easily and find useful anecdotes for lectures and presentations.” —Teaching History

“Rees has written a thoroughly readable and persuasive account of the role of industrialization in shaping the modern United States. Teachers of the undergraduate U.S. history survey course will find Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life to be a very useful supplement to other texts, and faculty teaching other U.S. history courses will find many valuable historical case studies as well.” –H-Net Reviews

“Rees covers a large swath of land and has done so in an economical and quite interesting traverse. The topical method of organization as well as the choice of topics is laudable. He has skillfully tied the discussion of those topics closely and consistently to the main thread of industrialization. … In spite of its brevity, this is one of the clearest, cleanest, and most useful accounts of industrialization that I have read.” –Stanley K. Schultz, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Ingenious and insightful, this book is a marvelous introduction to a subject that every college-educated student should know about.” –Robert W. Rydell, Montana State University

“Rees’s book takes industrialization, a concept we think we know so well, as his lens into the Progressive Era, and shows us how no moment, person, or event remains untouched by its power. By systematically describing what industrialization is and entails, he requires us to think twice about commonplace items, habits, and institutions we take for granted and instead, see their potential–both frightening and alluring–to transform the country into a modern nation.” –Robin Henry, Wichita State University

“This accessible title could serve as supplemental reading for a survey course in US history or an upper-division course in US industrialization, the Gilded Age, or the Progressive Era. Recommended. All levels of undergraduate students.” —Choice

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Representation and Rebellion:

“Jonathan H. Rees’s exhaustively researched and carefully crafted study… is a smart book that highlights a path not taken in the contentious tale of western labor history.”
 — Western Historical Quarterly

“This well-researched book will challenge readers to reassess standard pejorative narratives of company unions, making it an important contribution to labor, business, and general United States historians.”
Montana: The Magazine of Western History

“Rees makes effective use of new sources to give a more nuanced understanding of the operation of one of the nation’s more progressive company unions. He makes a strong case, in his conclusion, for the argument that, whatever the limitations of company employee plans, they provide workers with more protection than no union, and they often plant the seeds for the emergence of truly independent unions.”
Business History Review

“Throughout his narrative, Rees sensitively reads and analyzes his evidence, presenting a story of company-sanctioned collective bargaining that is rather more complicated than one might expect . . . there is much to appreciate in this smart, focused book.”
New Mexico Historical Review

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The Voice of the People:

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