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I enjoyed the many background stories of various 20th century technologies. Of particular interest is Edgerton's debunking a number of notions about the "information age,"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael A. Banks
This interesting book on the history of technology is something of a hybrid. Clearly intended for a broad audience, its heart is essentially a historiographic critique. Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Albin
An amazing account of the way in which the history of technology should be studied.Published on July 8, 2014 by Animesh Chatterjee
I've mixed feelings about this book. In many cases I'm a fan of and am excited by the
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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 740 W.
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 Albigensian
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