Major Works
Lewis Mumford
The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations and Its Prospects
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In this magnum opus, architecture critic and urban visionary Lewis Mumford surveys the history of the city from ancient times, through the medieval period, to the modern age.

Pentagon of Power

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In this concluding volume of The Myth of the Machine, Mumford brings to a head his radical revisions of the stale popular conceptions of human and technological progress. Far from being an attack on science and technics, The Pentagon of Power seeks to establish a more organic social order based on technological resources.

The Conduct of Life

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Discusses the ultimate ethical and religious issues the confront modern man and offers a new orientation, directed to the renewal of life and the reintegration of modern civilization.

Technics and Civilization

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This is a history of the machine and a critical study of its effects on civilization. Mumford has drawn on every aspect of life to explain the machine and to trace its social results.

The Condition of Man

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This is the third volume in Lewis Mumford's superb "Renewal of Life" series, which also contains Technics and Civilization, The Culture of Cities, and The Conduct of Life. The present book explores the historic development of the personality and the community. Ranging from ancient Greece to our own century, the author takes Western man over the ground of his past, singles out events that have done him injury, and reveals his latent sources of creative action, too long thrust aside in an age that depends for salvation on the machine. Since the original publication of this book, Lewis Mumford observes in his new Preface, his analysis of the weaknesses of modern civilization has been confirmed: the condition of man has worsened; "What were once only local demoralizations or disasters now threaten to turn into planetary calamities." Despite this bleak prospect, the author shuns the philosophies of anti-life made fashionable by the nihilists, the existentialists, and the "brutalists," and, as in all his work, stresses instead an essentially hopeful view of man's nature and the possibilities for human development.

The Culture of Cities

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This offers the first broad treatment of the city in both its historic and its contemporary aspects. "For distinction, entertainment, information, scholarship, and general human interest [this] is one of the most distinguished books" (Forum).

Art & Technics

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Featuring a new introduction by Casey Nelson Blake, this classic text provides the essence of Mumfords views on the distinct yet interpenetrating roles of technology and the arts in modern culture. Mumford contends that modern mans overemphasis on technics has contributed to the depersonalization and emptiness of much of twentieth-century life. He issues a call for a renewed respect for artistic impulses and achievements. His repeated insistence that technological development take the Human as its measure -as well as his impassioned plea for humanity to make the most of its "splendid potentialities and promise" and reverse its progress toward anomie and destruction -is ever more relevant as the new century dawns.

The Story of Utopias

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Utopia has long been another name for the unreal and the impossible. We have set utopia over against the world. As a matter of fact, it is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us: the cities and mansions that make people dream of are those in which they finally live. The more that men react upon their environment and make it over after a human pattern, the more continuously do they live in utopia; but when there is a breach between the world of affairs and the over world of utopia, we become conscious of the part that the will-to-utopia has played in our lives and we see our utopia as a separate reality.

Sticks and Stones

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Classic of American cultural history; architecture from medieval-inspired earliest forms to 20th century. 21 illus.


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