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Paradise Now by Chris Jennings
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it was amazing

This book was terrific. Jennings does a good job covering the history of 19th century US utopian movements. It's informative without getting bogged down in pointless details, and he frames his history in smart analysis about common themes and relevant contest. His opening and closing chapters do a nice job of reminding us why these movements are interesting and valuable--so creative and technologically innovative--even if also flawed. My only quibble is that he's too uncritical of Nathaniel Hawthorne's flirtation with Utopianism, but that is truly a quibble.
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