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The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (Galaxy Books)

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ISBN-13: 978-0195007381
ISBN-10: 0195007387
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"The publication of The Machine in the Garden places Leo Marx with such brilliant synthesizers as Van Wyck Brooks, F.O. Matthiessen, and Henry Nash Smith. Taking the deceptively simple theme of pastoralism, he has ranged imaginatively through the landscape of American thought and experience and has helped us to re-see as well as re-interpret our culture....Students of American civilization, no matter what their specialities, are bound to be influenced by this rich and engaging book."--Daniel Aaron, Harvard University

"A major book....Impressive."--Henry Nash Smith

"An exciting book, exemplifying studies in American culture at their best."--Hennig Cohen, Saturday Review

"The thesis of this impressive book is important, and Professor Marx has found a wealth of material to support it."--American Historical Review

"This is an important contribution to our understanding of some of the enigmas and conflicts at work in the American imagination, particularly in the nineteenth century."--Tony Tanner, Encounter

About the Author

Leo Marx, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Cultural History in the Program in Science, Technology, and Socity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Product Details

  • Series: Galaxy Books
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 31, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195007387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195007381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book a very long time ago and its theme stayed well stuck to my brain's sticking place. I've replaced my original copy several times. It's important for a humanities student and teacher to know this book's placement of the machine in the garden; global warming from this perspective becomes linked to the Industrial Revolution through this review of 19th century literature.
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By P. Boyer on November 16, 2014
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After the first three chapters it became repetitious, but I needed it for a class.
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