Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life

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Vintage Books, 1985 - 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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Review: Cities and the Wealth of Nations

User Review  - Doug - Goodreads

This book really shook up my conception of economies which seemed a good thing considering how ineffectual mainstream economic theories have show themselves as of late. I tended to agree with Jacobs ... Read full review

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User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

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

About the author (1985)

Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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