The Pentagon of Power - softcover
Author: Lewis Mumford
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Weight: 500 g
In The Pentagon of Power, the second and final volume of The Myth of the Machine, Lewis Mumford brings to a head his radical revisions of the stale popular conceptions of human and technological progress. Here is a fully developed historical explanation of the irrationalities and destructions that have undermined the highest achievements of every civilization. Mr. Mumford demonstrates how the quantitative goals of modern technics - speed, mass production, automation, instant communication, and remote control - have inevitably brought about pollution, waste, ecological disruption, and human extermination on a scale never before conceivable.
Far from being an attack on science and technics, The Pentagon of Power seeks to establish a more organic social order, based on the immense technological resourcesof the human organism. Such an order, Mr. Mumford shows, is essential if mankind is to get control over the dehumanized fantasies and the aggressions that threaten to destroy our entire civilization.