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Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life


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ISBN13: 9780394729114
ISBN10: 0394729110
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"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting...Jacobs' diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark."—New York Times Book Review

"Jacobs' book is inspired, idiosyncratic and personal...It is written with verve and humor; for a work of embattled theory, it is wonderfully concrete, and its leaps are breathtaking."—Los Angeles Times

"Not only comprehensible but entertaining...Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and elusive subject. That, all by itself, makes for an intoxicating experience."—New York Times


Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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GDuperreault, October 11, 2012 (view all comments by GDuperreault)
This is an extremely important book for anyone concerned that current economic practices are failing society. With clear and well researched arguments, Jacobs looks at the decay of the once great American cities as the natural product of current economic practice, specifically the common currency.

I read this before the formation of the Euro, and I said to myself when it did form 'this will be the perfect petridish to see if the argument holds true.' Actually, I was a bit bolder, and wrote in a journal that I anticipate the decline and even bankruptcy of the less economically efficient societies. And, with a few years there were rumblings, and now, of course, Greece, Spain, et al.

I was also bemused to see Britain stay out of the Euro, with the speculation as to why. Was it because they subscribed to her theory and were self-aware enough to recognize that they were less efficient than Germany and would go into decline? Or was it because they were simply being iconoclastic and have by accident helped to protect themselves from going into an even more accelerated decline? I suspect that latter, because at the time all the economic pundits decried their actions as those of obstreperousness and stupidity.

And excellent written, interesting, and proven argument about some of the most egregious fallacies of current economic thought and practice.
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Jacobs, Jane
Vintage Books USA
New York :
United states
Urban & Regional
Urban economics
Sociology - Urban
Economic History
Business Writing
economics;cities;sociology;history;urban planning;urban studies;urban;planning;politics;urbanism
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Trade paper
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no. 5
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7.30x4.74x.47 in. .34 lbs.

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