Devices and gadgets influence -- or even create -- the systems they require. Even someone like Robert Moses was steered by the mandates of the automobile.
Keefe’s book The Empire of Pain is pretty great. And yeah, I’ve read Why We Drive ... I like it a lot.
I too am working my way through the Power Broker, taken there by first reading Caro’s memoir, Working, which you’d likely also really enjoy. To my mind, Caro is one of the best non-fiction storytellers going (Patrick Radden Keefe is another). BTW, Mark, when are you going to talk about electric cars? Do you have one yet?