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Books About Rumford and Rumford Fireplaces

The Collected Works of Count Rumford, Volume II - Practical Applications of Heat
(Including "Chimney Fireplaces" and "Supplementary Observations")
by Sanborn C. Brown
Harvard Univ. Press, 1969
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Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford
by Sanborn C. Brown
MIT Press, 1979
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This website. There are other books, chapters, articles and web pages about Rumford and Rumford fireplaces. Some are better than others. Many are downright misleading and not recommended - except that most are still included in the bibliography. - Jim Buckley

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Fireplace Style & Design Ideas

Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, From The Land with Rumford on cover

James Cutler (Contemporary World Architects)
by Peter Bohlin (Introduction), Stanley Tigerman, James Wines
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Fire Outdoors: Fireplaces, Fire Pits, Wood Fired Ovens & Cook Centers
by Tina Skinner & Melissa Cardona

Fireplace Book: An Idea Book of Fireplace Designs
by Aberdeen's Magazine of Masonry Construction (Editor), 1991
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Fireplace Book: An Idea Book of Fireplace Designs, Volume II
by Aberdeen's Magazine of Masonry Construction (Editor), 1993
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Fireplace and Mantel Ideas: Over 100 Classic Wood and Stone Fireplace Mantel Designs
by John Lewman
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Fire Places: A Practical Design Guide to Fireplaces and Stoves Indoors and Out
by Jane Gitlin
Taunton (November 21, 2006)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fireplaces (Wright at a Glance)
by Carla Lind
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Houseboats: Aquatic Architecture of Sausalito by Kathy Shaffer, AIA, Schiffer Books, 2006. "A lot of the houseboats have very unusual fireplaces."

Rob Wellington Quigley : Buildings and Projects
by Rob Wellington Quigley (Contributor), Michael Benedikt, Aaron Betsky, a Jarmusch, Magali Sarfatti Larson, Michael Les Benedict (Contributor)
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Robert A.M. Stern : Buildings and Projects, 1987-1992
by Robert A. M. Stern, Vincent Joseph Scully
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Robert A.M. Stern : Buildings and Projects, 1993-1998
by Robert A. M. Stern
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Timberframe : The Art and Craft of the Post-And-Beam Home
by Tedd Benson, Norm Abram, Jamie Salomon
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The New Cottage Home
by by Jim Tolpin
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Victorian Cottage Residences
by Andrew Downing, George E. Harney (Editor)
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Cooking Fireplaces, Bake Ovens & Masonry Heaters

The Book of Masonry Stoves : Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming
by David Lyle
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The Bread Builders
by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott
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Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
by Kiko Denzer
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The Magic of Fire: Hearth Cooking: One Hundred Recipes for the Fireplace or Campfire
by William Rubel, Ian Everard (Illustrator)
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The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking & Housekeeping Book
by Anne Carter Zimmer
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Tasha Tudor's Heirloom Crafts
by Tovah Martin (Photographer) and Richard W. Brown (Photographer)
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Wood-Fired Cooking: Techniques and Recipes for the Grill, Backyard Oven, Fireplace, and Campfire
by Mary Karlin
Recommended by Jim Budros.
Mary Karlin will speak at the Live Fire Cooking theater in October, 2009.

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Masonry How To & Construction Instruction

2009 Masonry Codes & Specification Compilation.
Code requirements for masonry from the 2009 International Building Code, 2009 International Residential Code including masonry fireplaces and chimneys, and the entire 2008 Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) (TMS 402 and TMS 602). And much much more.
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Residential Masonry Fireplace and Chimney Handbook
by James E. Amrhein, S.E.; MIA; Los Angeles; 1995
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Masonry Skills
by Richard T. Kreh, Sr.
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The Art of the Stonemason
by Ian Cramb
White Hall, VA, 1951
Traditional stonemasonry and restoration, used in Seattle apprentice program.

Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders (5th ed)
by Portland Cement Assn.
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Chimneys for furnaces, fire-places, and steam boilers: An essay for practical engineers and builders
by R Armstrong
E. and F.N. Spon (1866)

Concrete Countertops: Design, Form, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
by Fu-Tung Cheng
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The Brick Book
by John Oliver
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Flagg's Small Houses:
Their Economic Design and Construction. Essays on the Fundamental Principles of Design and descriptive Articles on Construction. by Ernest Flagg (1922)

Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures: Specification for Masonry Structures (Aci 530.1-95/Asce 6-95/Tms 602-95); Commentary on Building
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The Home Ranger Helps You Figure It Out
by Roger Peugeot, Tim Carter
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Ferrocement Building with Cement, Sand and Wire Mesh
by Stanley Abercrombie
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The Rammed Earth House
by David Easton, Cynthia Wright (Photographer)
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The Slate Roof Bible: Everything You Wanted to Know About Slate Roofs Including How to Keep Them Alive for Centuries
by Joseph Jenkins
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Walker's Building Estimatior's Reference Book
by Scott Siddens (Editor), Frank R. Walker Co.
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Architectural Terra Cotta

Impressions of Imagination: Terracotta Seattle
by Lydia Aldredge
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Terra-Cotta Skyline : New York's Architectural Ornament
by Susan Tunick, Peter Mauss (Photographer)
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Science, Physics & Heat

A Brief History of Time
by Stephen Hawking
All the stuff that was discovered since I wen to college - Jim Buckley

Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleic
Part history, part science, easy to read - Jim Buckley

The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics
by Eric W. Weisstein
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Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Not really economics nor hard science but I put it here because the authors think scientifically and logically. The books provide a good guide to clear thinking and an age of propaganda and doublethink. And the books are both fun and fast to read.

Here's Looking at Euclid
or in the UK, "Alex in Numberland"
by Alex Bellos
Interesting but worth it if only for the title(s) - Jim 2010.

A Short History of Nearly Everything (Paperback)
by Bill Bryson
Well written overview of the history of science and the foibles of scientists - Jim Buckley

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) (Paperback)
by Richard P. Feynman
A wonderfully funny, readable book for anyone but especially anyone who thinks they may not like or be suited for physics. - Jim Buckley

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Good Books to Read by a Fire
(the ones I've read anyway - Jim Buckley)

Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow
A really great book - well researched history with lots of new material. Bit of a slog for me at more than 700 pages but well written and well worth the months it took me to read it. What a brilliant mind was Hamilton! And the history is so relevant to the current banking crisis. - Jim Buckley, 2009

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
by Barack Obama
"Dreams of my Father" may be even better but I enjoyed "The Audacity of Hope" and was struck by how I related to Obama's organizing efforts in Chicago. Why didn't we think of taking over the Democratic Party in the '60s instead of allowing others to run us out of mainstream American politics? - Jim Budkley, 2008

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
by Jeremy Scahill
Depressing but an important problem I hope we can survive. - Jim Buckley, 2008

Body and Soul
by Frank Conroy
Engaging book for the basic story about an impoverished piano prodigy, insight into the world of music and for life in New York. - Jim Buckley, 2007.

Bowl of Cherries
by Millard Kaufman

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
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Dark Harbor House
by Tom Demarco
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The Deadline : A Novel About Project Management
by Tom DeMarco
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
Engaging, poignant coming of age autobiography. A good read even if he wasn't our President. I was born in Java, traveled to Hawaii in 1960, didn't get accepted to the Columbia East African Program, organized in Columbus and a little in Chicago in the 1960's. Amazing how well I relate to Obama. Wish I had been as smart, compassionate, dedicated. - Jim Buckley, 2008

Emma's War
by Deborah Scroggins, 2004
True story set in Sudan in the 1980's and 90's. Recommended by Alice.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Paperback)
Good fast read reminding you to question authority

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Paperback)
by Joseph J. Ellis

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
by James Howard Kunstler
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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
by Dan Quinn
Cultural myths leading to morality. Takers and leavers - recommended by Cynthia. Sophomoric in my opinion. Jim 2009.

John Adams
by David McCullough
Insightful study into the character of John Adams, his wife and the Founding Fathers. - Jim Buckley 2006.

    by David McCullough
    A short, quick read, not as good as McCullough's books on Adams and Truman, but a good overview of the Revolutionary War and how improbable it's outcome was.
by A. Scott Berg
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Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
by John R. Hale
Peloponnesian War, Battle of Salamis and triremes

New York 1900, Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915
by Robert A. M. Stern, John Montague Massengale, Gregory F. Gilmartin
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Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
Religion, magic, murder, mystery, family loyalty, western historical details, great writing and an interesting moral dilemma. - Jim, 2009

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing
by Philip Greenspun
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Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson (who, by the way has a Rumford)
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Paperback)
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Last Years of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
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The Peloponnesian War (Paperback)
by Thucydides, Steven Lattimore (Translator)
Hackett Publishing Company; New edition (June 1998)
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The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
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The Shipping News
by E. Annie Proulx
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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
She's got the corporations pegged. Good article in the 12/8/08 New Yorker.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
by Anne Fadiman
Clash of Hmong and LA medical culture. Recommended by Alice & Aaron.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Great book on many levels - brings back memories of when I was in Kashmir in 1960 or Honduras and Guatemala a little later. Then I read an article in the February issue of Vanity Fair "The Distant Executioner" about a sniper. The article is sympathetic, or at least non judgmental, but what a horrifying juxtaposition to Mortenson's book! - Jim Buckley, 01/11/10

Voices of Our Time: Five Decades of Studs Terkel Interviews [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD)

Voyages of the Damn Foole
by Tom McGrath
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Washington: A Life
by Ron Chernow
Great original research and insite into the enigmatic character of Washington - Jim 2011.

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Good Books to Read to Children by a Fire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator)
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My First Real Mother Goose [Board book]
By: Blanche Fisher Wright (Author), Blanche F. Wright (Illustrator)

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young [Hardcover]
By: Jack Prelutsky (Compiler), Marc Brown (Illustrator)

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition (Read-Aloud Handbook) [Paperback]
By: Jim Trelease (Author)

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Books About Rowing

Steve Fairbairn On Rowing
by Ian Fairbairn, 1951
1990 edition with introduction by Geoffrey Page
and forward by Alan Burrough
Steve Fiarbairn was the father of modern rowing.

Ready All!: George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing
by Gordon Newell
University of Washington Press, 1987
A tribute to the Pococks who's boats and rowing style dominated world rowing for forty years - pictures, history, comments about rowing style and boat construction.

Rowing Faster by Volker Nolte, 2005.
Recommended by John Van Blom.

"Way Enough!" Recollections of a Life in Rowing
by Stanley Richard Pocock
A lavish, expansive collection of rowing stories, with 275 photographs, from one of American rowing's legendary figures, Stan Pocock.

The Sculler At Ease
by Frank Cunningham
University of Washington Press, 1987
"Row like a duck. Think like a fish" - the best book on sculling ever written

The Complete Sculler
by Richard Burnell
"What Charlie uses for rigging" - Guy Harper

The Amateurs
by David Halberstam
The history of modern competative rowing - a masterful story.

The Red Rose Crew: A True Story of Women, Winning, and the Water
by Daniel J. Boyne
Good read. Story of 1975 womens crew that rowed to international success.

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