Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey†Best Book of the Year Award in 2011
“A masterpiece.”†—Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of†Freakonomics
“Bursting with insights.”†—The New York Times Book Review
A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities
America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paul_S - LibraryThing
Fascinating but a bit too political. I don't like liberals who slag off scotch eggs and see nothing but rainbows in unicorns even in the darkest of slums. A bit of cynicism would'be improved this book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - joeydag - LibraryThing
This is not a very deep book but it covers a lot of territory. The book starts with a look at Detroit which is a case study for what not to do when a city is facing problems. The author compares ... Read full review
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Edward Ludwig Glaeser
No preview available - 2011