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"A deeply researched and well-crafted examination of one of the key invisible infrastructures of the modern world: private consensus-based industrial standards. Aptly combining their respective expertise, the authors have written an impressive and highly detailed treatment of the emergence of standards-setting bodies, their networks, and their legion of activities. Standards geeks, of which there are thousands, will want to read this book—the first volume of its kind."

"Too many of us who labor in the vineyards of global governance spend our time on visible, formal international organizations. Yates and Murphy do not. Drawing on a century and a half of archives and anecdotes, they demonstrate the crucial impact of private and informal standard-setting on our daily lives. This fascinating tale is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the major changes in the global economy."

"From trains to planes to household electric plugs, unseen committees of engineers have been making our technologies work together for decades. This fascinating book explains how they've done it and offers compelling lessons to historians, technologists, and policy makers alike. Highly recommended."

"Drawing on interviews, personal correspondence, and other unconventional sources, Yates and Murphy make a compelling case that voluntary private standardizers were motivated by non-economic forces. A critical contribution to our deliberation about whether this vital activity of consensual decision-making that elevated the profession in the twentieth century will survive in the next."