Rescuing Prometheus

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CHAPTER V FROM THOMAS P. HUGHES, RESCUING PROMETHEUS
(NEW YORK: PANTHEON BOOKS, AUGUST 1998)

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We have observed that engineers, scientists, and managers who
proved competent, even expert, in the 1950s as system builders in
the context of military-funded projects found coping with the
political aspects of 1960s civil projects bafflingly difficult. Their
messy complexity proved frustrating for persons accustomed to
dealing with well-focused projects with clearly delineated lines of
authority. Now we turn to a civil project of surpassing complexity,
one involving numerous conflicting interests. The history of the
Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T) offers a learning
experience for those who will deal with other large-scale civil
projects in the future.

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