May 20, In gentle rebuke to those who never saw the good side of a city, urbanist and commentator Kotkin (The New Geography, , etc.) looks at the. If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s. The City has ratings and 49 reviews. Fredösphere said: This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. My interest is in civic design–what works.

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Cities are the fulcrum of civilization. And thirdly, a set of values which binds people to the city.

Kotkin, a senior fellow with the New American Foundation and the author of five previous books, including Tribes and The New Geography, is certainly a fine, engaging writer. Described by The New York Times as America’s “uber-geographer,” for over three decades Kotkin has been one of the nation’s most prolific and widely-published journalists.

The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin

In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: He recommends conur This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Lagos and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing. Americans, meanwhile, moved to the western frontiers, quickly coty new cities, such as Cincinnati, St Louis, Detroit, but especially Chicago.


It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio to the jlel describe the spread eve Very informative history of The City, from the first recorded city of Ur through the cities of each developing country on each continent, and spreading to America — NY, Detroit, Chicago, etc.

Other users with far more experience on the topic have already posted excellent reviews, and I have nothing technical or critical to add for this one. Refresh and try again. The book explores how the nation will evolve in the next four decades. ciyy

Check out Healing American Democracy: Maybe his ciyt The Human City: A Global History contains brief biographies of the world’s largest and most influential cities, beginning in Babylonia and Mesopotamia and working all the way forward to Los Angelos. Oct 10, Pages.

The City: A Global History

Susan Barnes-Gelt Denver Post. Aug 13, Mckinley rated it it was ok Shelves: In the end, while noel author had put forth an interesting thesis about what causes successful cities to be successful, he perhaps failed to full substantiate it in this book. A Global History to be a virtual encyclopedia of cities, packaged neatly in a compact book. Alan Ehrenhalt Governing Magazine. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers ciity the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis.


The book is taut, elegant, informative and lots of fun to read.

Jan 11, Steve rated it liked it. Mar 09, Khalil James rated it liked it Shelves: A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations.


Trivia About The City: Even though there is lotkin detailed methodology in the book that urban planners can directly implement on urban design, after reading the book they will appreciate the cultural background of each city, understand the root cause of urban issues and even gain inspirations to find the solution or best design strategies. This book was way to underdeveloped. The author relies too much on the word “vast”.

Kotkin, author of an intriguing book, The City: In an effort to give some kind of perspective to an otherwise poorly written book, the author writes an introduction and conclusion – mostly personal opinions – about what he thinks the book conveys. Lacks any sort of common theme; very anecdotal for a history book. This book is a look of great cities from ancient times to our “post industrial sub-urban metropolis” [whatever it means: The author writes plainly, a style I enjoy.