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Most Wonderful Machine: Mechanization and Social Change in Berkshire Paper Making, 1801-1885 by Judith A. McGaw1989
The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 by Geoffrey Parker1990
Machines As the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance by Michael Adas1991
Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations by Donald Reid1992
Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology, 1880-1940 by David E. Nye1993
The American Railroad Freight Car: From the Wood-Car Era to the Coming of Steel by Jr. John H. White1994
America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 by Claude S. Fischer1995
American Plastic: A Cultural History by Jeffrey L. Meikle1996
A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) by Thomas J. Misa1997
Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815 by Ken Alder1998
Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (A Philip E. Lilienthal Book) by Francesca Bray1999
Edison: A Life of Invention by Paul Israel2000
The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II by Gabrielle Hecht2001
The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present by Martin V. Melosi2002
War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (Studies in Environment and History) by Edmund Russell2003
Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America by Angela Lakwete2004
The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 by Emily Ann Thompson2005
Eugenic Design: Streamlining America in the 1930s by Christina Cogdell2006
Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930 by Gregory Clancey2007
The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control by Jennifer Karns Alexander2010
Sensing Changes: Technologies, Environments, and the Everyday, 1953-2003 (Nature, History, Society) by Joy Parr2011

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  1. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930 (Softshell Books) by Thomas Parke Hughes (1983)
  2. Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford (1934)
  3. From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States (Studies in Industry and Society) by David A. Hounshell (1984)
  4. More Work For Mother: The Ironies Of Household Technology From The Open Hearth To The Microwave by Ruth Schwartz Cowan (1983)
  5. The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940 by Daniel R. Headrick (1988)
  6. America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings by David E. Nye (2003)
  7. When Old Technologies Were New: Thinking About Electric Communication in the Late Nineteenth Century by Carolyn Marvin (1988)
  8. American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm by Thomas Hughes (1989)
  9. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon (1991)
  10. Garbage In The Cities: Refuse Reform and the Environment (Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ) by Martin V. Melosi (1981)
  11. Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism by Merritt Roe Smith (1994)
  12. American Technological Sublime by David E. Nye (1994)
  13. Plastic: The Making of a Synthetic Century by Stephen Fenichell (1996)
  14. A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan (1997)
  15. Proprietary capitalism : the textile manufacture at Philadelphia, 1800-1885 by Philip Scranton (1983)

Award description

The Edelstein Prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding scholarly book in the history of technology published during the preceding three years (so, for example, books eligible for the 2010 award will have been published in 2007–2009). Non-English language books are eligible for three years following the date of their English translation. Previously known as the Dexter Prize, the Edelstein Prize was established in 1968 through the generosity of the late Sidney Edelstein, a noted expert on the history of dyes and dye processes, founder of the Dexter Chemical Corporation, and 1988 recipient of SHOT's Leonardo da Vinci Award. The prize, donated by Ruth Edelstein Barish and her family in memory of Sidney Edelstein and his commitment to excellence in scholarship in the history of technology, consists of a cash award and a plaque

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