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Motorized Obsessions

Life, Liberty, and the Small-Bore Engine

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Motorized Obsessions by Paul R Josephson
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From dirt bikes and jet skis to weed wackers and snowblowers, machines powered by small gas engines have become a permanent-and loud-fixture in American culture. But fifty years of high-speed fun and pristine lawns have not come without cost. In the first comprehensive history of the small-bore engine and the technology it powers, Paul R. Josephson explores the political, environmental, and public health issues surrounding one of America's most dangerous pastimes. Each chapter tells the story of an ecosystem within the United States and the devices that wreak havoc on it-personal watercraft (PWCs) on inland lakes and rivers; all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in deserts and forests; lawn mowers and leaf blowers in suburbia. In addition to environmental impacts, Josephson discusses the development and promotion of these technologies, the legal and regulatory efforts made to improve their safety and environmental soundness, and the role of owners' clubs in encouraging responsible operation. Synthesizing information from medical journals, recent environmental research, nongovernmental organizations, and manufacturers, Josephson's compelling history leads to one irrefutable conclusion: these machines cannot be operated without loss of life and loss of habitat.

Author Biography

Paul R. Josephson is an associate professor of history and chair of the International Studies Program at Colby College. He is the author of Resources under Regimes: Technology, Environment, and the State; Industrialized Nature: Brute Force Technology and the Transformation of the Natural World; and Red Atom: Russia's Nuclear Power Program from Stalin to Today.
Release date NZ
October 12th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Interest Age
From 18 years
Pages
280
Dimensions
132x216x23
ISBN-13
9780801886416
Product ID
1837518

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