Howard P. Segal
With a New Preface and Epilogue by the Author
In this anniversary edition, Howard P. Segal's acclaimed work on utopian visionariestwenty-five writers in allis reissued with additional material allowing
"New Perspectives for 2005."
"[Segal's] final chapter . . . on the uses of utopianism today takes him into terrain where platitude usually reigns; but here, in fact, [Segal's writing is] at its most impressive, even as he becomes something of an advocate. He provides a rationale
for utopian thinking that is at once intelligent and eloquent, as good as any I
have encountered and much better than most-also, far more sophisticated and
convincing than anything found in the writings of the technological utopians
themselves. . . . All should read and profit from his peroration."
Canadian Review of American Studies
"[Segal] has succeeded better than any other scholar in his attempt to define how a specific type of American utopian writing fits into and reflects important historical contexts and trends."
American Literary Realism
"As Segal concludes, our society has constructed the externals of technological
utopias here and there, but it has not encouraged the utopian values of selflessness
and social cohesion. Still, technological utopianism remains a significant exercise
in social thought. For all the limits of their answers, these visionaries raised a basic
question we still face: how to relate technological progress to social progress"
"Technological Utopianism in American Culture is an important contribution to the
histories of technical and utopian thought and to the intellectual history of modern
organizational society. Appropriately skeptical of its subjects and their ideas, it
also furthers the difficult task of demystifying such loaded terms as 'progress' and
Business History Review
Howard P. Segal is Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine. He is also
director of its technology and society project. His books include Future Imperfect:
The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America, Technology in America: A Brief History
(with Alan Marcus), and Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries.
6 x 9, 336 book pages, 12 black-and-white photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Previously published by the University of Chicago Press in 1985