chapter  30
Lewis Mumford
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Lewis Mumford's life and his prodigious literary output provide a handy parable on the limits and the lasting value of an eccentric, authentically American radical intellectual. Generally keeping his distance from the organized left, Mumford reached generations of readers who sensed something wrong but could not place it in political terms. Instead of an oppositional politics, he gave them a way to look at key elements of the modern order and the roots of these developments in a long and complex historical development.