Reading List - Dissertation

The list here is a frequently changing list of things I will read or re-read organized by theme. Books or articles that have been read are followed by a link to my notes. I am maintaining a Zotero database for a more complete set of citations.

Science and Technology

  • Jane Abbate, Inventing the Internet (1999) abbate1999
  • Jane Abbate, “Government, Business, and the Making of the Internet” Business History Review (2001) abbate2001
  • Jane Abbate, “Privatizing the Internet” IEEE (2010) abbate2010
  • Atsushi Akera, Calculating a Natural World (2007)
  • Kenneth Flamm, Targeting the Computer (1987) flamm1987
  • Stuart Leslie, The Cold War and American Science (1993) leslie1993
  • Robert Nickel, “Dollars, Defense, and the Desert” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly (2004) nickel2004
  • Robert Preer, The Emergence of Technopolis (1992) preer1992
  • John Rees, ed., Technology, Regions, and Policy (1986)

Postwar West

  • James Clayton, “The Impact of the Cold War on the Economies of California and Utah, 1946-1965,” Pacific Historical Review 36 (November 1967: 449-473) clayton1967
  • Timothy Egan, Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West (1998) egan1998lasso
  • Volker Janssen, Where Minds and Matters Meet (2012) janssen2012
  • Robert D. Kaplan, An Empire Wilderness: Travels into America’s Future (1998) kaplan1998wilderness
  • Richard Lowitt, The New Deal and the West (1984) lowitt1984
  • Gerald Nash, The American West Transformed (1990) nash1990
  • Gerald Nash, World War II and the West (1990) nash1990a
  • Gerald Nash, The Federal Landscape (1999) nash1999landscape
  • Jeff ROche, ed., The Political Culture of the New West roche2008politicalculture
  • George E. Webb, Science in the American Southwest
  • Richard White, “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own” (1991) white1991misfortune

Urban / Suburbanization

  • Carl Abbott, “Frontiers and Sections” American Quarterly (1985) abbott1985
  • Carl Abbott, “Regional City and Network City” Western Historical Quarterly (1992) abbott1992
  • Carl Abbott, Metropolitan Frontier (1995) abbott1995
  • Carl Abbott, How Cities Won the West (2008) abbott2008
  • Bakken and Farrington, The Urban West (2001) bakken2001
  • David Beers, Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America’s Fall from Grace (1997) beers1997bluesky
  • Charlotte Brooks, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California
  • Richard Dean, Imperial Brotherhood
  • Darren Dochuk and Michelle Nickerson, eds., Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region in the American South and Southwest (2010)
  • Mark Clapson, Suburban Century (2003)
  • Robert Fairbanks, ed., Essays on Sunbelt Cities and Recent Urban America (1990)
  • John Findlay, Magic Lands (1993) findlay1993
  • Robert Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias (1987)
  • Kenneth Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985) jackson1985suburbanization
  • Matthew Lassiter, “The New Suburban History II: Political Culture and Metropolitan Space,” *Journal of Planning
  • Louise A. Mozingo. Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes (2011) mozingo2011pastoral
  • Spencer Olin, “Globalization and the Politics of Locality: Orange County, California, in the Cold War Era.” Western Historical Quarterly 22:2 (May 1991): 143-161 olin1991
  • Adam Rome, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001) rome2001bulldozer
  • Thomas J. Sugrue “All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth- Century America.” In The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History, edited by Meg Jacobs, William J. Novak, and Julian E. Zelizer, 301–326, 2003.
  • Robert O. Self, American Babylon (2003) self2003
  • Christopher C. Sellers, Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America (2012) sellers2012crabgrass
  • Thomas Sugrue, Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996)
  • Stephen Whitfield, The Culture of the Cold War
  • Sharon Zukin, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World (1991) zukin1991landscapes

Environmental / Western Water

  • Philip Fradkin, A River No More: The Colorado River and the West (1996)
  • Eric T. Freyfogle, “Lux v. Haggin and the Common Law Burden of Modern Water Rights.” University of Colorado Law Review 57 (Spring 1986): 485-525
  • Hugh Hammond Bennett, “Soil and Water Relationships in Western Political Economy,” Western Political Quarterly 1 (Dec. 1948): 404-412
  • Norris Hundley, Water and the West: The Colorado River Compact and the Politics of Water in the American West (1975)
  • Michael Logan, The Lessening Stream GF504 .A6 L64 2002
  • J. R. McNeill, Something New Under the Sun (2000)
  • Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986)
  • Richard White, The Organic Machine (1995) white1995
  • Donald Worster, Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West (1985)


Stanford / Research Parks / Industrialization

  • Stuart W. Leslie and Bruce Hevly, “Steeple Building at Stanford: Electrical Engineering, Physics and Microwave Research,” Proceedings of the IEEE 73 (July 1985): 1169-1180.
  • Stuart W. Leslie, “Playing the Education Game to Win: The Military and Interdisciplinary Research at Stanford,” Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 18 (1987): 55-58.
  • Rebecca Lowen, Creating the Cold War University: The Transformation of Stanford (1997) lowen1997
  • John Markoff, What the Dormouse Said (2005) markoff2005
  • Margaret O’Mara, Cities of Knowledge (2005) omara2005
  • Allen J. Scott, Technopolis: High-Technology Industry and Regional Development in Southern California (1993)

Silicon Valley

  • Aaron Cavin, “The Borders of Citizenship: The Politics of Race and Metropolitan Space in Silicon Valley,” Ph.D. diss., 2012 cavin2012
  • Jeff Goodell, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family (2000)
  • Martin Kenney, ed., Understanding Silicon Valley (2000) kenney2000
  • Stuart W. Leslie, “The Biggest ‘Angel’ of Them All: The Military and the Making of Silicon Valley” leslie2000angel
  • Thomas Mahon, Charged Bodies: People, Power, and Paradox in Silicon Valley (1985) mahon1985chargedbodies
  • David Naguib Pellow and Lisa Sun-Hee Park, The Silicon Valley of Dreams (2002) pellow_park2002
  • Stephen Pitti, The Devil in Silicon Valley (2003) pitti2003
  • Renya Ramirez, Native Hubs: Culture, Community, and Belonging in Silicon Valley and Beyond (2007)
  • AnnaLee Saxenian, Regional Advantage (1996) saxenian1996
  • Timothy Sturgeon, “How Silicon Valley Came to Be” sturgeon2000valley
  • Cecilia Tsu, “Grown in the ‘Garden of the World’: Race, Gender, and Agriculture in California’s Santa Clara Valley, 1880-1940” Ph.D. diss.
  • Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture (2006) turner2006

California Water

  • Gray Brechin, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin (1997)
  • Matthew Booker, Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History between the Tides (2013)
  • Sarah S. Elkind, “Industry and Water Distribution in California: The East Bay Municipal Utility District, 1920-1930.” Environmental History Review 18 (Winter 1994): 63-88
  • William DeBuys, Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California (1999)
  • Robert Gottlieb and Margaret FitzSimmons, Thirst for Growth: Water Agencies as Hidden Government in California (1991)
  • Harvey P. Grody, “From North to South: The Feather River Project and Other Legislative Water Struggles in the 1950’s.” Southern California Quarterly 60, no. 3 (1978): 287-326
  • Barney Hope and M. Sheehan, “Political Economy of Centralized Water Supply in California.” Social Science Journal 20 (April 1983): 29-39
  • Norris Hundley, Jr., The Great Thirst (2001) hundley2001thirst
  • Lawrence B. Lee, “California Water Politics: Opposition to the CVP, 1944-1980.” Agricultural History 54, no. 3 (1980): 402-23
  • David R. Long, “Pipe Dreams: Hetch Hetchy, the Urban West, and the Hydraulic Society Revisited.” Journal of the West 34 (July 1995): 19-31
  • Robert Righter, The Battle over Hetch Hetchy (2005) righter2005
  • Robert de Roos, The Thirsty Land: The Story of the Central Valley Project (1948)
  • David Seckler, California Water (1971) HD1694.C2 C35 1971
  • John A. Shaw, “Railroads, Irrigation, and Economic Growth: The San Joaquin Valley of California.” Explorations in Economic History (1974)
  • John Walton, Western Times and Water Wars: State, Culture, and Rebellion in California (1992)
  • Edward Williams, Open Space: The Choices before California (1969) HD211.C2 W5
  • Donald Worster, “Hydraulic Society in California: An Ecological Interpretation.” Agricultural History 56 (July 1982): 503-15

California Suburbanization

  • David E. Dowall, The Suburban Squeeze: Land Conversion and Regulation in the San Francisco Bay Area (1984) dowall1984suburban
  • Mel Scott, The San Francisco Bay Area: A Metropolis in Perspective (1959) scott1959bayarea
  • David Beers, Blue Sky Dream
  • Joan Didion, Where I Was From
  • Robert C. Fellmeth, Politics of Land: Ralph Nader’s Study Group Report on Land Use in California (1973) nader1973land
  • Bernard Friedan, The Environmental Protection Hustle (1979) friedan1979hustle
  • Stephanie S. Pincetl, Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development (1999) pincetl1999transforming
  • Richard Walker, The Country and the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area (2007) walker2008countrycity