Cities and the wealth of nations: principles of economic life

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Random House, 1984 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting...Jacobs' diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark."--"New York Times Book Review" "Jacobs' book is inspired, idiosyncratic and personal...It is written with verve and humor; for a work of embattled theory, it is wonderfully concrete, and its leaps are breathtaking."--"Los Angeles Times" "Not only comprehensible but entertaining...Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and elusive subject. That, all by itself, makes for an intoxicating experience."--"New York Times"

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Brilliantly simple explanation what makes the solid base of the economy. Read full review

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Essential reading for any armchair economist (aren't we all) and lays the groundwork for the modern, borderless economy that we have today. Short and pithy. Read full review


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About the author (1984)

Jane Jacobs's books include "The Nature of Economies and The Death" and "Life of Great American Cities," both of which are available in Modern Library clothbound editions. She lives in Toronto.

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