I appreciate Rachael Lutz taking the time to carefully review Routes of Power. Her review successfully captures many of the book’s central arguments and points constructively to areas where further work can be done.
In a separate roundtable on Routes of Power, I discussed at length some of the book’s aspirations, theoretical choices, and relevance for the present. Rather than repeat those, I encourage those who’d like to know more to browse that roundtable at this link: https://networks.h-net.org/jones-routes-power-roundtable-review-vol-5-no...
Here I’ll just mention one point very briefly. While I agree Routes of Power may not be the optimal text for a survey course in US history, I have had several colleagues report great success in teaching it to undergraduates in courses on energy history or energy and society. Moreover, a paperback version of the book will be released in time for Fall 2016 courses. So as a shameless plug, I hope readers will consider it for courses focused on energy.
Finally, my thanks to Tammy Nemeth for arranging and editing this review.