Critical Praise for COOL: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything

"A look at our love affair with air conditioning . . . In his breezily anecdotal book, Mr. Basile reminds readers that AC was not just about comfort. It triggered a cultural and demographic revolution." more
. . . Sam Roberts, New York Times

"Charming . . . sharp micro-history" more
. . . .Simon Ings, New Scientist

"Salvatore Basile's tome is the end-all and be-all on the subject of cool — of the air-conditioning variety: a must-read!"  
. . . Christopher Hyland, HYLAND Magazine

"Cool offers a fascinating glimpse into what life was like before the advent of air conditioning and how its acceptance changed society. Well researched and with fascinating stories on every page, Cool is a fast-paced chronicle of one of history’s behind-the-scenes stories that many of us take for granted: how air conditioning changed the way we live.”
. . . Chuck Campbell, President/CEO, Friedrich Air Conditioning Co.


"Here are some surprising things you probably don't know about air conditioning." more
. . . Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

"Fascinationg" more
. . . Peter J. Leithart, First Things

Critical Praise for Fifth Avenue Famous

"Salvatore Basile offers a well-written, engaging history of one of the most important churches in New York City, entwining its narrative with a greater one that encompasses elements of the history of media, culture, and religion on a national scale. He also introduces readers to significant church musicians whose lives and music resonated beyond the walls of the St. Patrick's to liturgical arenas as far away as St. Peter's in Rome."
. . . Denise Gallo, Head of Acquisitions and Processing Section Music Division, The Library of Congress

"Basile's writing style and effortless wit projects New York City's civic, musical and ecclesiastical spirit as only a New Yorker would view it."
. . . Stephen Rapp, Director of Music, St. John's Lutheran Church, Stamford, CT

"Mr. Basile's tome bulges with facts, anecdotes and legend, beautifully woven into a fine narrative covering the period from 1879 to 2010. Thoroughly researched, well documented and wonderfully written, Basile provides the reader with continuous amazement and hilarity. You will not find a better opportunity to 'read between the lines' than in this book."
. . . .McNeil Robinson, Chair of the Organ Department, Manhattan School of Music, Director of Music, Church of the Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic)

"This fascinating chronicle is not only a history of arguably the most visible Catholic church in the world, but indeed all New York's colorful church music landscape, from the earliest recorded days to the present. Basile's very colorful style makes what could easily be a dry subject into a most enjoyable ride through thick and thin times, grand occasions, countless famous personalities, and of course the ever-present church politics. A must read for any American Catholic church musician!"
. . . Scott Turkington, The Church Music Association of America

"The story of the music at St. Patrick's Cathedral has now been told in a new and richly detailed book"
. . . Mary Ann Poust, Catholic New York

“Whether your interest is music, New York history or you simply love an inside story, you will really enjoy this book…I enjoyed [it] so much that I read it from cover to cover in one night.”
. . . Maureen McKew, Handing on the Faith

"The stories here offer an in-depth look at the history, choral music and evolution of music at St. Patrick’s and makes for a fine collection documenting the cathedral’s evolution and importance – a ‘must’ for any New York or spirituality or music shelf."
. . . Midwest Book Review

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