Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.5 X 9.2 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

Joshua B. Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Ranging from the early industrial revolution in England to the factories in modern-day China that produce iPhones, with stops along the way in New England mill towns, Henry Ford's Detroit and Stalin's Russia, this remarkable book traces the history of the giant factory and the people--capital, labor, consumers, and fascinated observers--whose lives it shaped. If you want to know where the world we live in came from, this is a good place to start.--Eric Foner
A global tour of three centuries, from English textile mills to Detroit steel plants to Chinese iPhone factories.
A lively chronicle of the factory [that] delves into the nitty-gritty of manufacturing [and] successfully melds together those nuggets with social history on the shop floor and beyond the factory walls.
Freeman uses the history of the factory as a way to re-examine how workers are treated worldwide.
You may have no detailed knowledge of factories except that they can be converted into cool lofts. In that case, you'll learn much from historian Joshua Freeman.--Jonathan Rose
Fascinating. . . . A compulsively readable cultural history of the birth and development of factories and their impact on society.
Fascinating. . . Freeman shows how factories have had an overwhelming influence on the way we work, think, move, play and fight.--Scott W. Berg