Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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"One of the year's most engaging and important works of non-fiction" (The Independent)
"Provocative, disturbing, and exhilarating book ... a delight for thoughtful readers. Indeed, it is essential. Migration is reshaping the world and, as Saunders demonstrates, the choices we make today will determine whether it brings prosperity or catastrophe tomorrow" (Dan Gardner, author of Risk: the Science and Politics of Fear)
"An important new book [that] engages while remaining serious. His evocative descriptions transform a complex, serious subject into a page-turning read" (Literary Review)
"Saunders's approach is through anecdotes and vignettes, but he has done his legwork so they cumulate into a persuasive whole ... [a] highly readable book" (FT)
A groundbreaking current affairs book documenting the largest population move in human history, as a third of the world's people migrate into cities, rupturing societies across the globe.See all Product Description
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It's also an exceptionally well crafted non-fiction book: a highly readable mix of compelling case histories and big ideas. I'm not a specialist; this is the kind of subject that normally engages me for the length of a feature article at most, but the information and insights are paid out expertly for a thoroughly satisfying read.
However the book could do more to explore how communities facing migration need to watch out for those immigrants who are part of the immigration loop who thrive on taking advantage of good people and then move to the next boom town. The book lacks the human storey side of Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. Point is that migration can be great but migrant communities also discriminate and can be cruel within them selves and to new waves of migrants from other places that is no longer their own home village. So part of assimilating migrants needs to involve the principle of accepting other migrants and local customs. This principle of accepting diversity of customs and the wealth it brings needs to be accepted early on.Read more ›
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Doug Saunders' descriptions of migrants who arrive, live and leave the arrival cities scattered across the Globe at the start of the 21st Century is broad and compelling. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2011 by Dr. Steven Lee
Doug Saunders' analysis is outstanding. I have always enjoyed his writing in the Globe and Mail, but his book takes Saunders' reportage to a new level. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2010 by Caroline Reader
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