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Human Scale

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"Big government, big business, big everything - how the crises that imperil modern America are the inevitable result of giantism grown out of control - and what can be done about it. Kirkpatrick Sale examines a nation in the grips of growthmania and presents the ways to shape a more efficient and livable society built to the human scale."--Cover.
Paperback, 558 pages
Published June 18th 1980 by Penguin Adult Hc/Tr (first published January 1st 1980)
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Mark
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Big = American.

Big cars, big business, big government, big problems, big (attempted) solutions, big, big, big.

Tackling the idea of growth and bigness way back in 1980 (sense of scale: Donna Summer, Kenny Rodgers and Pink Floyd were the chart toppers), Sale takes the long view of human history and does an admirable job of tying some of our most vexing problems not to misguided policy, greed, or any other common scapegoat, but just to sheer size.

As Gladwell and others have recently noted, human
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Chris Wells
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book "used" but apparently unread since it had been printed in 1980. It was a long read and a little heavy-handed with the rhetoric at times (i.e., in several places, Sale exerted greater energy in creating a convincing argument than in sharing information). However, what it may lack in style it makes up for in substance, providing a valuable discussion of environmental, technological, and political concerns as relevant today as they were in 1980. And the book's central vision--pol ...more
Stephen
Human Scale is an ambitious assault on big business, big government -- the very concept of Bigness. Opening with biology, Kirkpatrick Sale first establishes his basic operating principle: for everything, there is a limit to its size beyond which it cannot grow without being compromised. In its opening third, Human Scale addresses the problems inherent in large, complex systems, then follows that with sections on how society, economy, and politics might function more effectively if scaled down. ...more
Jennifer
Half-read. Really good though stats are of course dated. Add to the list of books written long ago that I'm horrified no one listened too.
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