Chapter 1: Electrical Grid
Chapter 2: Communications
Chapter 3: Roadways
Chapter 4: Bridges and Tunnels
Chapter 5: Railways
Chapter 6: Dams, Levees, and Coastal Structures
Chapter 7: Municipal Water and Wastewater
Chapter 8: Construction Glossary
Engineering in Plain Sight
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Best Reference Book of the Month Starred Review — Library Journal, October 2022
Best Seller in Hardcover Nonfiction — Publisher's Weekly, November 2022
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