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Excellent and innovative!,
This review is from: Eugenic Design: Streamlining America in the 1930s (Hardcover)
This is a fabulous book that makes imaginative and utterly persuasive connections between the eugenic drive to create more "efficient" machine-like bodies and the "streamlined" industrial design that pervaded American culture in the 1930s and 40s. After reading this book adolescent fantasies about "Superman" seem to be not so adolescent or fantastic, especially since the dream of creating superior specimens of humanity was so widespread. I only wish a paperback edition were available so I could assign it more regularly to my students. In the meantime I recommend it to anyone looking for an innovative cultural history of the body and technology.