All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

The Experience of Modernity

By Marshall Berman

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140109627, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 1988

Description
"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 oldall 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.



About the Author
The lateMarshall Bermanwas a distinguished professor of political science at the City College of New York. He was a member of the editorial board of Dissent and had written in the New York Times, Village Voice, Dissent, The Nation, and New Left Review, among other publications. His books include The Politics of Authenticity: Radical Individualism and the Emergence of Modern Society (2009), On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square (2009), and the groundbreaking All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (1988).