Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks


Christine Macy (Author)


A lavishly illustrated exploration of these landscape-defining structures across the United States.

Dams are a monumental presence on the American landscape. This newest book in the Norton/Library of Congress series shows that the history of dam development is characterized by invention and innovation, and parallels that of the United States. It emphasizes the unique design and engineering complexities of these impressive structures.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • January 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73139-2
  • 8.8 × 11.3 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[A]n impressive—not to mention comprehensive—treatise on the dams of North America….To be sure, Dams is designed to appeal to architects, engineers, designers and students of those disciplines, but it’s also accessible to the casual reader.” — Jason Zasky, Failure Magazine

“Wonderfully illustrated…contributes to a greater understanding about dams within the United States, and, by the same token, presents a history of dam design and projects the subject into the realm of a world phenomenon.” — Colonial Latin American Historical Review

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