All That Is Solid Melts into Air

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"A bubbling caldron of ideas . . . Enlightening and valuable." —Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.

The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the old—all have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism.

From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society.

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About the Author:

Marshall Berman is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. He writes frequently for The Nation and The Village Voice, and serves on the editorial board of Dissent. His books include Adventures in Marxism, The Politics of Authenticity and, most recently, On the Town, all from Verso.

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Praise for All That Is Solid Melts Into Air The imaginative range, intellectual force and infectious generosity of this book are what place it incontestably in the gallery of canonical texts.A" Mica Nava, Times Higher Education Supplement A bubbling cauldron of ideas.A" New Statesman A wonderful book ... generous, exuberant and dazzling.A" John Leonard, New York Times Berman lights up every text he examines.A" Newsweek

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