Sample-Spotting McLuhan

Books sampled in Marshall McLuhan’s War and Peace in the Global Village (1968):

  • Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  • The Codebreakers by David Kahn
  • The Senses by Otto Lowenstein
  • Theories of Personality by Calvin S. Hall and Gardner Lindzey
  • The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo
  • The Human Revolution by Ashley Montagu
  • Medieval Technology and Social Change by Lynn White
  • Oliver Cromwell by John Morley
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • Robots, Men and Minds by Ludwig von Bertalanffy
  • The Human Body and Its Functions by Charles H. Best and Norman B. Taylor
  • Collected Poems 1909-1962 by T. S. Eliot
  • The New Industrial State by John Kenneth Galbraith
  • The Artillery of the Press by James Reston
  • Art and Illusion by E. H. Gombrich
  • Studies in a Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
  • The Life of Napoleon I by J. Holland Rose
  • The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler
  • Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace with introductory material by Leonard C. Lewin
  • Man and People by José Ortega y Gasset
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Walden Two by B. F. Skinner
  • “The Human Revolution” from Current Anthropology, Vol. 5, No. 3 by Charles F. Hockett and Robert Ascher
  • Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne, M.D.
  • History as a System and Other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History by José Ortega y Gasset, with an afterword by John William Miller
  • I Ching, Book of Changes translated by James Legge, edited with introduction and study guide by Ch’uchai with Winberg Chai
  • Propaganda by Jacques Ellul
  • Two-Factor Theory, or How to Turn Eighty Million Workers into Capitalists on Borrowed Money by Louis O. Kelso and Patricia Hetter
  • The New Science of Giambattista Vico by Thomas Goddard Bergin and Max Harold Fisch
  • Animal Species and Evolution by Ernst Mayr

See Also: Kung Fu samples used in Wu Tang songs [via Fimoculous], Kon and AmirOn Track Vol. 6 [via Fat Beats on a Bagel Buffet], Kenneth Goldsmith Sings Sigmund Freud [via Paper Cuts via Silliman].




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