From the Publisher
Livingston has reached deeply into the resources of literary and cultural theory to produce a new narrative and analytic frame.
Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh
Livingston engages with boundless energy and intelligence technicalities of economic development, the nation's literary traditions, [and] thorny philosophical questions.
[Q]uite simply, brilliant.
American Historical Review
[A] provocative juxtaposition of economic and intellectual history.
Journal of American History
[A] pathbreaking cultural study, filled with boldly original arguments and provocative reinterpretations of familiar material.
Indiana Magazine of History
At the core of the book is an argument that takes a historical commonplace--which holds that between 1850 and 1940 the US underwent a revolutionary change from proprietary to corporate capitalism--and transvalues the lament this change evokes among intellectuals. The author asserts that this transition enlarged rather than diminished the realm of human freedom and that corporate capitalism actually entails the social death of the older capitalist order by shrinking the realm of necessity in personal life. He is no apologist for corporate capitalism, however, arguing that it gives birth to possibilities that will be its undoing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)