We will be offering the entire text of Ralph Borsodi’s This Ugly Civilization here for free, though the new introduction by Bill Sharp is exclusive to the print edition.


2019 Introduction by Bill Sharp (exclusive to print edition)
1933 Foreword by H.E. Barnes
1933 Preface to the Second Edition
1929 Preface to the First Edition

Book I – The Quest Of Comfort

Since humanity came into being man hath enjoyed himself too little:
that alone, my brethren, is our original sin. Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Part I | This Ugly Civilization

I This Ugly Civilization
II Machines
III Efficiency

Part II | The Factory

IV The Factory Itself
V The Factory’s Products
VI The Factory Workers
VII The Factory’s Customers
VIII The Conquering Factory System

Part III | The Persons In the Drama the Great Men and the Small

IX The Persons In The Drama
X John Doe, Average Man: The Herd-Minded Type
XI John D. Rockefeller: The Quantity-Minded Type
XII Charles W. Eliot: The Quality-Minded Type

Book II – The Conquest Of Comfort

If the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not
also lacking—humanity itself? Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Part IV | The Material Aspect

XIII Comfort
XIV Food, Clothing And Shelter: The Essentials Of Comfort
XV The Factors In the Quest Of Comfort: I. The Homestead
XVI The Factors In the Quest Of Comfort: II. Time
XVII The Factors In the Quest Of Comfort: III. Machines
XVIII The Factors In the Quest Of Comfort: IV. Wisdom

Part V | The Philosophic Aspect

XIX The Conquest Of Comfort
XX The Barriers To Comfort


XXI L’Envoi

A special dedication to artist and botanist Mrs. Rita B. Eames, wife of Cornell botanist Arthur J. Eames.
It was her former copy we transcribed the new edition from.