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The Works: Anatomy of a City

The Works: Anatomy of a City

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By (author) Kate Ascher

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 274mm x 15mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 13 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143112708
  • ISBN 13: 9780143112709
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 61,274

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Read Kate Ascher's posts on the Penguin Blog. A fascinating guided tour of the ways things work in a modern city Have you ever wondered how the water in your faucet gets there? Where your garbage goes? What the pipes under city streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get to your local market? Why radiators in apartment buildings clang? Using New York City as its point of reference, "The Works" takes readers down manholes and behind the scenes to explain exactly how an urban infrastructure operates. Deftly weaving text and graphics, author Kate Ascher explores the systems that manage water, traffic, sewage and garbage, subways, electricity, mail, and much more. Full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, "The Works" gives readers a unique glimpse at what lies behind and beneath urban life in the twenty-first century.

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Author information

Kate Ascher received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in government from the London School of Economics and her B.A. in political science from Brown University. She formerly served as assistant director of the Port at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and worked overseas in corporate finance, before her previous position as executive vice president of the Economic Development Corporation for City of New York. She is currently the director of development at Vornado.

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""The Works" is both a reference guide and a geeky pleasure." -"Time Out New York" "It's a rare person who won't find something of interest in "The Works", whether it's an explanation of how a street-sweeper works or the view of what's down a manhole." -"New York Post"