America as second creation technology and narratives of new beginnings by david e nye cambridge mass mit press 2003 371 pp 2995 nye has imaginatively reframed the story of the origins of the united. David nye in america as second creation technology and narratives of new beginnings discusses a series of technologically based narratives that account for the origins and subsequent development of america these foundation stories first appeared a generation or so after 1776 told of the creation of a new nation and featured a central . The rhetorical tropes of these nye believes shape what he calls the second creation narrative a genre predicated on the assumption that only engineering could make the continent habitable for europeans of course wealthy and civilized. America as second creation technology and narratives of new beginningsby david e nye cambridge mit press 2003 x 371 pp index notes bibliography . America as second creation brilliantly reworks leo marxs machine in the garden thesis in the light of four decades of scholarship on technology environment and american culture david nyes dissection of americas foundation narratives and their simultaneously elaborated counter narratives is masterly
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