One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse's analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional
society has shaped many young radicals' way of seeing and experiencing life. Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological
bible for the emergent New Left. As Douglas Kellner notes in his introduction, Marcuse's greatest work was a 'damning indictment
of contemporary Western societies, capitalist and communist.' Yet it also expressed the hopes of a radical philosopher that
human freedom and happiness could be greatly expanded beyond the regimented thought and behaviour prevalent in established
society. For those who held the reigns of power Marcuse's call to arms threatened civilization to its very core. For many
others however, it represented a freedom hitherto unimaginable.