“[T]his is a brilliant and extraordinary book. . . . It is brilliant in the perceptiveness, the incisiveness, the power, the scope of its analysis that presents—in carefully chosen, dramatically illuminating essentials the history of man’s long quest for freedom, from ancient Greece to World War II. It offers an unforgettable experience: a panorama of the centuries, as seen from the elevation of a truly grand intellectual scale.”
Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Newsletter
“The God of the Machine remains a classic of individualist thought. But it is not a pale historical artifact, locked in its time of origin. It is focused on the great continuing issues of civilization, which it confronts with the authority of Paterson's special character and experience. . . . [Paterson] was not merely a theorist; she had the creative imagination that brings theory to life and challenges the imaginations of others. There was nobody quite like Isabel Paterson, and there is nothing quite like The God of the Machine.”
—Stephen Cox, Reason
“Published by Putnam’s in May 1943, The God of the Machine displayed profound insights about the development of human freedom since ancient times and about the workings of a successful social order, all expressed in a lively style. . . . Paterson develops a consistent, comprehensive, courageous world view. She denounces conscription… paper money… hypocritical businessmen who covet government subsidies… and the New Deal Wagner Act which helped establish labor union monopolies. Reflecting on the Prohibition debacle, Paterson ridicules the notion that government can set moral standards for anyone. She joyfully celebrates private property, free markets, enterprising immigrants and gold money. What fun you’re going to have discovered, or rediscovering, this sensational book.”
Isabel Paterson (1886-1961) was a distinguished novelist, critic, and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune. Her novels include The Road of the Gods, Never Ask the End, and The Golden Vanity.
Stephen Cox is professor of literature and director of the Humanities Program at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Woman and the Dynamo: Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America, a biography published by Transaction; Love and Logic: The Evolution of Blake’s Thought; American Christianity: The Continuing Revolution; and The Titanic Story.
Reading this book feels a little weird to a modern person--it's not just a book about human progress, it's a snapshot of the time that the author lived in, so the text can feel a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer M. Snow
Every paragraph is paved with logic. People in America have a sense these days that something is going terribly wrong. this book will tell you what it is.Published 10 months ago by Chris farmer
One of the best books ever written on how we ended up where we are today. Although written years ago, it answers the basic questions you have been asking yourself!!Published 13 months ago by Michael C. Scholtz
I am currently reading the book by Isabel Paterson. I find it a very informative and enjoyable read and I am very glad that "The God of the Machine' was recommended to me by a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sovereign Mary
Very well written. Very surprised. I have wanted to read something from the lady that was a small inspiration to Ayn Rand.Published 16 months ago by Kenton Harper
Living in a developing country where politicians and government seem to be lost and date with populist and old fashioned ideas, this book is a light at the end of the tunnel.Published 17 months ago by Walter Matos de Oliveira Jr
This is a truly insightful assessment of historical events as related to economic conditions at each sepcific epoch in human history. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Craig19175
An unusal approach to history but very effective in showing the impact of economic activity on the vitality of a culture(nation). A strong vote for freedom.Published 21 months ago by Richard Kennison