Builders of 20th Century America Public Works

Reference Reading Resources Selected Bibliography


New York Related

Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York. Hilary Ballon, Kenneth T. Jackson Editors. 2007.

The Power Broker, Robert A. Caro 1974.

Empire on the Hudson. Jameson W. Doig.

The New York Approach: Robert Moses, Urban Liberals, and Redevelopment of the Inner. Joel Schwartz. 1993.


New York : an Illustrated History, Ric Burns and James Sanders 1999.

The Life and Death of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs. 1961 . .

New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism between the Second World War and Bicentennial. Stern, Mellins, Fishman 1995.

AIA Guide to New York City. White, Wilensky 2000.

Wedding of the waters: the Erie Canal and the making of a great nation. Peter Bernstein 2005.

A Decent Home: Housing Policy in Perspective. John M. Quigley. 2000.


Chicago Related

City of the Century: the Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, Donald L. Miller 1996.

Encyclopedia of Chicago, Ann Keating, James Grossman 2004.

Daley, the Last Boss. Video, 1995.

The Chicago School of Architecture: A History of Commercial and Public Building in the Chicago Area, 1875-1925. Carl Condit 1998.


AIA Guide to Chicago, Alice Sinkevitch 1993.

The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, Carl Smith 2005.

The Sky’s the Limit: A Century of Chicago Skyscrapers, Pauline A. Saliga1990.

Chicago ’s Famous Buildings Ira J. Bach 1969. pp259.

West and Other Related

Bechtel: Building a Century, Andrews and McNeel 1997.

Henry J. Kaiser: Western Colossus, Albert P. Heiner 1981,

Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West, Mark S. Foster 1989

Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Marc Reisner 1993.

William Mulholland and the Rise of California, Catherine Mulholland 2000

The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern. Robert W. Righter 2005.

Dam! Water, Power, Politics, and Preservation in Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite National Park. John W. Simpson 2005.


Historic Spots of California, Douglas Kyle 2002.

San Francisco Earthquake, American Experience Video.

Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Gladys Hansen 1989.

World's Fairs Anthropology: SF Panama Pacific 1915, Benedict, 1983


Transcontinental Railroad, American Experience Video.

Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930. Richard Orsi 2005.

The Cattle King: The Biography of Henry Miller, Treadwell, 1981.;

The King of California: J. G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire. Mark Arax, Rick Wartzman 2003.


Hoover Dam American Experience Video.

Golden Gate Bridge , American Experience Video.

American Building Materials and Techniques from Colonial Settlements to Present ( Chicago History of American Civilization). Carl Condit. 1982.

Great Projects, James Tobin, 2001.

ivided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life. Tom Lewis 1999.