This week marked the birthday of historian and social critic Lewis Mumford …
In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to Lewis Mumford books .
5. The Myth of the Machine
The Myth of the Machine is a two-volume book taking an in-depth look at the forces that have shaped modern technology since prehistoric times. The first volume, Technics and Human Development, was published in 1967, followed by the second volume, The Pentagon of Power, in 1970. The author, Lewis Mumford, shows the parallel developments between human tools and social organization mainly through language and rituals. It is considered a synthesis of many theories Mumford developed throughout his prolific writing career. (via Wikipedia)
Image Credit: From the cover to the paperback edition of the excellent book Lewis Mumford: A Life… (Buy it now!)