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The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
by Gretchen Bakke PhD

The Grid by Gretchen BakkeCultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke takes us back to the era of Thomas Edison and Nicholas Tesla to show how the grid started as a tangle of competing technologies and business interests largely for the elite set. The story winds to the present day and efforts to build a more resilient infrastructure: microgrids, energy storage, renewables and EVs. The book is more of a business and history lesson than a technical text, but since the form of today’s grid arose from how America has evolved as a society, the book is valuable for a country struggling to assimilate new approaches to power.