In 'Behemoth,' Manufacturing Still Looms Large

March 7, 2018

The New York Times, 3.7.18

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In 'Behemoth,' Manufacturing Still Looms Large

The New York Times, 3.7.18

A Times' book review of Joshua B. Freeman's rich and ambitious "Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World," which, according to the review: depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination. 'Behemoth' is more than an economic history or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements. Freeman, a professor at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, traces the rise of the factory and how it became entwined with enlightenment ideas of progress - 'the notion that through human effort and rationality the world could be transformed toward greater abundance, well-being and moral order.'"