And how was the Japanese leadership to know that the U.S. did not actually have hundreds of atomic bombs?
In some cases they may not care and are more interested in convincing the reader of their view than of providing factual information.
SHOCK OF THE OLD is a top pick for college-level history holdings, but many a public library will find it is easy to digest, also.
An amazing account of the way in which the history of technology should be studied.Published 1 month ago by Animesh Chatterjee
This book presents a large assortment of facts which support some of my favourite arguments, yet aren't really brought together to say anything conclusive. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Tony Smith
Much of the technology that we used today has much deeper connections to the past. Recency bias often overwhelms too much of our thinking. Worth a read.Published on January 18, 2012 by Craig Warner
My poor reaction to the book is, I think, due to expecting it to be about technology, rather than a rambling (and not always logical) account of the politics of technology. Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by P. Chrzanowski
While I wouldn't go as far as calling Edgerton a "Guardian Slock" I do believe his arguments would have been more convincing had they been more factual and less cherry-picked to... Read morePublished on November 23, 2007 by Caticia
THE SHOCK OF THE OLD: TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE 1900 draws some important connections between technological advancements and world history, drawing interconnected... Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by Midwest Book Review
Rather typical nonsense from a Guardian contributor. Selective choice of facts to substantiate an anti-American syllabus of cant. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by John H. Graves
This book is simply the best broad analysis of the role of technology in society that one can read: Superb! Read morePublished on April 1, 2007 by Dr. Milo Jones