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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of many cities, 16 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier (Hardcover)
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This book lends an insight into the what, why, and how of cities. It is an eye-opening read on what makes a city a city and not a town or village, and also explores how and why different cities differ from each other and the dynamics behind their functioning and purpose. Edward Glaeser delves into the financial and socio-economic ties between a country's GDP?development and its cities, as well as their cultural and historical importance.

For someone who has no academic or professional claim to urban planning or city development, I only picked up this book after realising that though having lived in large metropolises all my life, I didn't really have an appreciation of their significance beyond a postcode. And once you realise that we chart the beginning of civilisations to river valley "cities" along the Nile/Indus/Tigris & Euphrates/Yangtze, it does make one wonder at what we take for granted.

A riveting and revealing read! Slightly heavy duty at times (thus the 4 stars), but definitely recommended for those who want to do more than just scratch the surface.
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