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Cities on a Hill: A Brilliant Exploration of Visionary Communities Remaking the American Dream Paperback – November 15, 1987

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San Francisco Chronicle Book Review An eloquent testament to the crazy vigor of this country, a book that persuades us that it's still the luckiest place to be whatever your stripe...An ambitious work...painstakingly thorough.

Publishers Weekly Brilliantly succeeds in getting inside the minds of these communities.

The Washington Post Absorbing...extremely thought-provoking, and great fun to read...I could hardly turn the pages fast enough.

The New York Times Ms. FitzGerald [has] the watchful eye of an anthropologist...writing with lucid sympathy for her subjects...A well-written, well-documented book.

About the Author

Frances FitzGerald won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize for History, the National Book Award, and the National Institute for Arts and Letters Award, among others, for her monumental Fire in the Lake. She is the author of America Revised and Way Out There in the Blue, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Touchstone Edition, First Printing edition (November 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671645617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671645618
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alias-mom on November 11, 2013
Very intelligent and clearly written investigations into visionary communities in the US. An especially perceptive description and analysis of Rajneeshpuram. Good consideration of how these communities fit into (or more often, did not) the surrounding culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri G. on May 16, 2014
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I read this many years ago for a history class in the 80's. I recently purchased this again to reread. Still as enjoyable as it was back then.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Watson on December 23, 2012
This AMAZING one-star review is my personal protest against authors (publishers?) who use descriptive adjectives about the quality of the book IN THE BOOK'S TITLE! It reminds me of people who post personal ads where they describe themselves as "very good-looking." I'm pretty sure we can all be the judge of who is good-looking to each of us, and which books we find BRILLIANT. Evidently this book was not all that brilliant to begin with--two reviews in the last 10 years, and countless used copies at $0.01.
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