In a provocative new interpretation of a transforming era, 1850–1920, Klein integrates social, economic, and business history and stresses the driving role of technology in creating a complex society of many cultures. As increasing organization made life more fragmented and alienated for ordinary persons, Klein argues, a unifying social thread was provided by a surprising new source: the consumer economy.
Vibrant . . . a concise social history of America's transformation from agrarian to urban.--Publishers Weekly