I think this is out of copyright in Canada now, so please enjoy The Specialist, by Charles Sale.
Leo Marx’s book tells us that, even from Virgil’s time, the rural idyll was far from the reality.
(book details: The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America, by Leo Marx. Oxford University Press; ISBN: 019513351X)
After about a year offline, I’ve put the book What a Life! back online. Someone asked, you see. It’s here. You’ll like it.
I’m glad I was careful with the markup back in 2000 when I did it, ‘cos it only needed minor tweaks to become valid XHTML.