Narrator Stephen Bowlby approaches this audiobook as a straightforward work of history, using his deep voice to simply tell the story rather than to put his personal imprint on it.-- "AudioFile"
[A remarkable book...If you want to know where the world we live in came from, this is a good place to start.-- "Eric Foner, historian and New York Times bestselling author "
[A] rich and ambitious history...Now that factory work and stable, blue-collar jobs are such potent sources of nostalgia, it can be hard to recall how truly disruptive the manufacturing age was. Freeman does a superb job of reminding us.-- "New York Times"
You may have no detailed knowledge of factories except that they can be converted into cool lofts. In that case, you'll learn much from historian Joshua Freeman.-- " Wall Street Journal"
Fascinating...Shows how factories have had an overwhelming influence on the way we work, think, move, play, and fight.-- "Washington Post"
A global tour of three centuries, from English textile mills to Detroit steel plants to Chinese iPhone factories.-- "Newsday"
A lively chronicle of the factory [that] delves into the...social history on the shop floor and beyond the factory walls.-- "Economist (London)"
Freeman uses the history of the factory as a way to re-examine how workers are treated worldwide.-- "Pacific Standard"
'We live in a factory-made world, ' yet most consumers know little about these places or the experiences of those who work in them...An excellent foundation for understanding how their possessions are made, as well as how the factory system affects society.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
An ambitious, sweeping, and well-researched history...accessible and relevant to general readers.-- "Library Journal"
“Freeman’s rich and ambitious Behemoth depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination.… More than an economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
In an accessible and timely work of scholarship, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the early textile mills that powered the Industrial Revolution to the factory towns of New England to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. Behemoth offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now.