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The Shock Of The Old


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'So the new is old, and the old is new! Marvellous stuff and absolutely spot-on.' - Simon Jenkins

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Born in Montevideo in 1959, David Edgerton is one of Britain's leading historians, and has challenged conventional analyses of technology for 20 years. Currently a Professor at Kings College London, he writes for the broadsheet press and is a regular on television and radio. He is the author of The Rise and fall of the British Nation (2018), Britain's War Machine (2011), and Warfare State (2005). He lives in London.


he eviscerates our obsession with novelty... * The Sunday Times *
newfangled things are sexy, but how significant are they?...Edgerton provides a corrective by emphasising some of the overlooked technologies that affect the lives of many. * Newsweek *
David Edgerton's The Shock of the Old is a book I can use. I can take it in two hands and bash it over the heads of every techno-nerd, computer geek and neophiliac futurologist I meet. -- Simon Jenkins * Guardian *
...iconoclastic and thought-provoking book...he makes a strong case that accords with what Virgil identified around 25BC as a definitive human characteristic. Our lives consist of semper cedentia retro: always going forwards backwards. * The Times *
It's rare for a book to make you see the world differently, but this alternative history does exactly that on almost every page. * Guardian *

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