Yellow Steel: The Story of the Earthmoving Equipment Industry

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A history of the earthmoving equipment industry. It examines the increase in the scope of mining and construction projects, from the Suez Canal through the interstate highway system, made possible by innovations in earthmoving machinery. It traces the efforts of manufacturers in meeting the needs of the construction and mining industries.

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"The best book yet on this important industry." -- Bruce E. Seely, Technology and Culture "Written in a straightforward style, this book is intended for engineers as well as for students of business history." - Civil Engineering "A vivid, photo-rich account of the development of the earthmoving equipment industry from its beginnings in mechanized agriculture to the mid-1990s... American in perspective yet international in scope, Yellow Steel is an invaluable document for those who are interested in modern industry and infrastructure." -- Michael R. Fein, Business History Review "[Haycraft] presents a comprehensive, thoroughly researched and well-written history of the manufacturers of earthmoving equipment from 1831 to 1995... Haycraft has filled a void in the construction equipment publishing field... For those who want to explore the rich history behind the equipment ... Yellow Steel is an invaluable resource." - Thomas Berry, Historical Construction Equipment Association "Anyone who wonders at the immensity of earthmoving equipment and wants to understand the long history of that industry should read Yellow Steel. -- Tomas Nonnenmacher, Journal of Economic History "Haycraft marshals a tremendous amount of information and ably presents the complexities of this industry's fascinating history. He has produced a valuable historical survey that will serve as a good reference work for historians as well as satisfy the curiosity of the general reader." -- Daniel A. Clark, Journal of Illinois History ADVANCE PRAISE "This is a cogent commercial and technical history of the machines humans have devised to reshape the earth. Clearly written, straightforward, and devoid of bombast and corporate chauvinism, Yellow Steel is a readable and useful book for casual historians as well as those with strong ties to the industry."- Craig Canine, author of Dream Reaper "A significant addition to the history of technology. Haycraft's experience within the industry and his sense of practical macro-economics lend a very real measure of authority to his observations." - Robert C. Williams, History Department, Clarendon College

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