Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser
How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier

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14 Critic Reviews

...Glaeser explains that it is the very closeness of urban life, the opportunity for face-to-face interaction, that makes cities such dynamic and exciting spaces which continue to attract both the poor and the wealthy.
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Synopsis

A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities.

America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.

 

About Edward Glaeser

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EDWARD GLAESER is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He studies the economics of cities, housing, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation, and other subjects, and writes about many of these issues for Economix. He serves as the director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.
 
Published February 10, 2011 by Penguin Books. 358 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by DIANA SILVER on Feb 11 2011

In “Triumph of the City,” he has embedded his findings in a book that is at once polymathic and vibrant.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by PD Smith on Feb 28 2012

...Glaeser explains that it is the very closeness of urban life, the opportunity for face-to-face interaction, that makes cities such dynamic and exciting spaces which continue to attract both the poor and the wealthy.

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The Economist

Excellent
Reviewed by The Economist on Feb 10 2011

Mr Glaeser writes lucidly and spares his readers the equations of his trade. This is popular economics of the best sort.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Feb 17 2011

...his good-humored writing softens the blow, and the evidence presented supports his book’s real thesis: that cities—and humanity—thrive when intelligent, motivated people work in close proximity for collaboration and competition.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by HAMISH MCRAE on Apr 03 2011

It is truly refreshing...should give us this celebration of the boom in cities, explaining, as the subtitle of the book says, "how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier".

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Ivan Lett

He covers cities worldwide, broadly and convincingly relating the arc of human achievement with the virtues of the city.

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Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Witold Rybczynski on Mar 09 2011

Glaeser's thesis is simple: The chief role of cities is to magnify human strengths.

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New Statesman

Excellent
Reviewed by BEN ROGERS on Mar 31 2011

Nevertheless, this is his first mainstream book and it should help raise his profile further. That has to be a good thing.

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Literary Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Bryan Appleyard

Triumph of the City is a thrilling and very readable hymn of praise to an invention so vast and so effective that it is generally taken for granted.

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TreeHugger

Excellent
Reviewed by Lloyd Alter on Jun 27 2011

I am not persuaded; I rather think that flesh comes and goes, but that great buildings, and great cities, endure. But I am impressed.

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On Earth.

Excellent
Reviewed by MARY NEWSOM on Apr 18 2011

Quibbles aside, the book deserves wide readership.

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Articulo

Excellent
Reviewed by Olivier Walther

The author explains well the different reasons why both rich and poor people need more cities and better urban life.

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The Story's Story

Good
Reviewed by Jake Seliger on Jan 22 2012

Triumph of the City is the kind of book unmoored young people and people contemplating career changes need to read...

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A dismal scientist's book reviews

Good
Reviewed by Laurent Franckx on Aug 30 2011

“Triumph of the city” is popularized social science at its best, and is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in urban life – as more than half of the people on this planet currently live in cities, that should be nearly everyone.

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