Books About Everyday Things

Bicycle: The History by David Herlihy: This lavishly illustrated book tells the extraordinary story of the bicycle, an invention that sparked a social revolution.

The Toothpick: Technology and Culture by Henry Petroski: This fascinating and quirky book traces the toothpick from ancient Rome to present day examining its various forms, designs, and applications throughout history.

Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese: Traces the history of coal from its formation almost 3 million years ago through its role in industry and disease including its part in establishing China at a twelfth century super power and in the American Civil War.

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