Cities

Cities

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By (author) John Reader

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 358 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 31mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 28 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802142737
  • ISBN 13: 9780802142733
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 518,997

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A magisterial study of the city from its beginnings to the mega-conurbations of today. Cities is a fascinating exploration of the nature of the city and city life, of its structures, development and inhabitants. From the ruins of the earliest cities to the present, John Reader explores how cities coalesce, develop and thrive, how they can decline and die, how they remake themselves. He investigates their parasitic relationship with the countryside around them, the webs of trade and immigration they rely upon to survive, how they feed and water themselves and dispose of their wastes. The book is a sweeping exploration of what the city is and has been, fit to stand alongside Lewis Mumford's 1962 classic The City in History.

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"A superb historical account of the places in which most of us either live or will live." -"Conde Nast Traveller "Vastly entertaining." -"Time

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A magisterial exploration of the nature of the city from its beginnings to contemporary Cairo, the largest city the world has known. In his new book, an exploration of the city's functions and forms, John Reader grounds his work in broad-based research into the city's achievements and problems and makes extraordinary and thought-provoking connections as to the nature of cities, old and new. From the ruins of the earliest cities to the present, Reader explores how they develop and thrive, how they can remake themselves, and how they can decline and die. He investigates their parasitic relationship with the countryside around them, the webs of trade and immigration they inhabit, how they feed and water themselves and dispose of their wastes. He focuses as much on Baron Haussman's creation of the Paris sewers as of his plans for the grand boulevards, on prostitution as on government, on human lives as on architecture, on markets as on cathedrals. In this sweeping exploration of what the city is and has been, The Anatomy of the City is fit to stand alongside Lewis Mumford's 1962 classic The City in History. "From the Hardcover edition.