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”In Charged, Turner offers an eminently readable, elegantly precise treatise on the topic of batteries.”Science

”Turner's pathbreaking book deftly unpacks a key feature of modern history—the battery.” — Megan A. Black

”Engrossing and sobering, Charged is essential reading for anyone concerned about environment, energy, and the sustainable future.” — H-Net Reviews

This website is a companion to the book, Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future.  Read recent reviews of Charged from Science and H-Net Reviews.


Scroll down to learn more about the role of batteries — from the lead-acid battery that powered the twentieth century to the lithium-ion batteries set to transform the twenty-first century — in advancing a clean energy future. 


The website includes factoids, excerpts from the book, links to presentations, and media coverage.

Want a preview of Charged?  See chapter excerpts here…

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James Morton Turner, Charged:  A History  of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future (University of Washington Press, 2022).

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