Rybczynski presents a historical survey of the development of American cities.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Architectural and urban historian Rybczynski (The Most Beautiful House in the World, LJ 4/1/89) has something to say about the shape of American cities, how they got that way, and how they inevitably contrast with their counterparts in Europe given the development of this country and our distincitve set of values. In succinct, accessible style, he moves from the flourishing of towns and cities in Europe to Tocqueville's assessment of the New World's urban efforts, to a sharp condemnation of urban planning in the last decades as a violation of America's values of spaciousness, choice, and self-sufficiency. At times the book seems a bit breezy, but Rybczynski can toss of terrific insights, e.g., conditions in the New World "gave American towns an independence of spirit, but also reinforced the general assumption that urban self-sufficiency was was the normal state of affairs"?which was certainly not true in the rest of the world and, he points out, has created some of the problems we have today. A fine book; recommended for most collections.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As usual, Witold's writing style is part of the value of this book. His insightful views on urban life and structure are invaluable.Published 9 months ago by John G. Lynch
His name is pronounced rib-chin-ski, and that is (sadly) about all I remember from my class that we used this book in.Published 21 months ago by Hassan
Rybczynski has compiled an excellent commentary on urban America and why it looks and functions the way it does. It is required reading for my graduate students. Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by Kelly E. Templin
Anyone who's ever given half a thought to the influences which shaped American cities could have written this book. Read morePublished on September 5, 2000 by John Mccloskey
I read this book in a high school history class and it was fascinating, a topic that I don't think about but was totally interested by. Read morePublished on April 20, 2000 by Benjamin Bair
How does one write a book on city planning and not include a single illustation?Published on May 25, 1999
I read this book as I was considering where to buy a house in the DC Metro area. It was without a doubt the most helpful thing in making a wise choice since there were conflicting... Read morePublished on January 10, 1999