“Serious and substantial. . . . The value of this biography is its painstaking and competent assemblage of sources that explain Mr. Mumford's character and development.” Ada Louise Huxtable, The New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-3934-4 • $20.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2002
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Donald Miller’s engagingly written biography reveals Lewis Mumford’s full and fascinating life. Born in New York in 1895, Mumford used the city itself as his “university.” A brilliant autodidact, he accumulated a vast breadth of knowledge that served as the basis for such books as Sticks and Stones, The City in History, and Technics and Civilization.
Malcolm Cowley called Mumford “the last of the great humanists,” and indeed, in more than six decades of writing, Mumford made contributions to history, philosophy, literature, art, architectural criticism, and urban planning. Miller penetrates Mumford’s reserved public persona and takes in the complete man, his works as well as his days, as he struggles to transform the worldand his own lifein decades marked by unparalleled change.