"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.