Books: The View from the Pyramid

THE MYTH OF THE MACHINE, VOL. II:

THE PENTAGON OF POWER by Lewis Mumford. 496 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanov/ch. $12.95.

For much of his career, Author-Urbanologist Lewis Mumford, now 75, has been an anachronistic voice from the age of Emerson, waspishly warning against overbearing scientists and runaway technology. Fashion has finally caught up with the man who more than a generation ago was all but alone in fighting superhighways and the spread of concrete. His latest and 24th book, The Pentagon of Power, seems remarkably fresh, as it eloquently elaborates what Mumford has been...

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