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Roma Agrawal is a thirty-three-year-old structural engineer whose professional resume including the building of bridges, skyscrapers, and sculptures. In "Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures ", she deftly explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach into the sky. "Built" reveals how humans have tunneled through solid mountains; how we've walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed nature's precious water resources. "Built" also showcases the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimize tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge. Interweaving science, history, illustrations, and personal stories, "Built" offers a simply fascinating and impressively informative history of architecture, a subject that makes up the foundation of our everyday lives. While especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Architecture History collections and supplemental studies curriculums, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Built" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).