Martin V. Melosi is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History and director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Energy Metropolis: An Environmental Hi Joseph A. Pratt is the NEH-Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston where he has served as chair of the history department and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He is the coordinator of the Energ
"Energy Metropolis helps us realize that our blinkered rush
for energy development has costs that are not at some distance, but
are closer to home, next door, right in our backyard. It is
sobering to grasp how significantly our daily lives--from our
commutes to the patterns of our cities to the hazards we endure
during both work and play--are comprised by our endless need for
more and more energy."
"A fine compendium of scholarship well focused on a city that not only is interesting in itself as a fast-growing monolith but also provides us with cautionary tales easily applied to other urban areas."
--Technology and Culture
"Melosi and Pratt's work is well-written and thoroughly researched. Any scholar interested in business history, urban studies, and environmental history would find this book a valuable resource."
--Texas Books Review