Fishpond Gift Vouchers - Let them choose!

New Zealand's Lowest Prices. Guaranteed

The Grid


Product Description
Product Details

Promotional Information

A revelatory look at our national power grid--how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must be completely reimagined for our fast-approaching energy future.

About the Author

Gretchen Bakke holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. She has done research on several failing nations, including the Soviet Union, the former Yugoslavia, and Cuba. She is a former fellow in Wesleyan University's Science in Society Program and currently an assistant professor of anthropology at McGill University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Bakke lives in Montreal and calls Washington, D.C. home when she's in the United States.


The Grid is a lucid and thought-provoking book. Wall Street Journal Bakke describes the grid as far more than towers and wires ... She leads readers through a history of the grid and a maze of financial, legal, regulatory, and environmental considerations with sprightly good humor ... Finally, Bakke sketches a possible design of the 'intelligent grid' of the future ... A lively analysis. Kirkus Reviews Hopefully, Bakke's startling expose revealing how electricity sloshes around the country across a precarious grid will be a wake-up call. Booklist Gretchen Bakke shows that everything is, indeed, connected. If we want a cleaner energy future, we're going to need a smarter grid. -- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION A thriller for nerds! -- Louis Beaumier, Executive Director for Trottier Energy Institute A remarkable achievement. Bakke deftly shows us how a system most of us are happy to ignore--the electrical grid--is both inseparable from everything we think of as civilization and on the verge of complete failure. -- Paul Roberts, author of THE END OF OIL and THE IMPULSE SOCIETY If you want to keep your lights on, read The Grid. This is a smart, deeply reported, poetic book about how electricity moves through our lives (and why it sometimes doesn't). It's a journey through the nervous system of the modern world, one with profound implications for climate change, national security, and ensuring America's well-lit future. -- Jeff Goodell contributing editor Rolling Stone, author of BIG COAL Gretchen Bakke dives deep into the history of the electric power grid ... The Grid is full of rich detail across a wide range of energy-related topics. Science The revolution that impacts every American may not be televised, but, thanks to Gretchen Bakke, it is being written, and written in an extraordinary way. This book tells the compelling story of the invention that has powered the American economy unlike any other, and which was named by the National Academy of Engineering as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. What will our future become as we transform it? -- Rye Barcott, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Double Time Capital, a clean energy investment firm

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top