'Well's uncanny ability to highlight the problems which are now most acute and supply tentative solutions that allow a maximum of individual freedom merits serious consideration. Recommended reading for students and teachers dealing with government, ...
science, and the contemporary dilemma of a world facing war, famine, and racial unrest' - "Choice". "A Modern Utopia" is one of the first important blueprints for the modern welfare state and an early major statement of Wells' idea of the World State, an idea that is perhaps his greatest contribution to the intellectual history of this century.In this 'quintessential utopia', as Lewis Mumford calls it, Wells 'sums up and clarifies the utopia's of the past, and brings them into contact with the world of the present.' The Bison Books edition, with an introduction by Mark R. Hillegas, associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University, brings back into print a work that has stimulated three generations of thinkers. 'This is not flight into fancy no voyage into whimsy. It is a sober attempt to imagine what kind of society men would create if they really used their heads and worked at it. The result is one of the most plausible utopia's ever written' - Chad Walsh, "From Utopia to Nightmare". 'It is a beautiful Utopia beautifully seen and beautifully thought: and it has in it some of that flavour of airy unrestraint one finds in News from Nowhere' - Van Wyck Brooks, "The World of H.G. Wells".