In fact, the rest of the book is like a collection of justifiably-rejected magazine articles strung together.
In this book, Jane Jacobs outlines five aspects of society today that, if unchecked, could lead us to a new Dark Age such as the one the Roman Empire experienced.
I'm deffinately not one of those, but at least it inspired me to look into many of the ideas and perhaps contribute some small thing.
it is a well written book. I especially liked it because coincidentally
I live in Toronto and a good portion of the book has something
to do with it. Read more
The author warns of potential disintegration of US society due to assault from within. She noticed that 5 important underpinnings of the society had been perverted, namely the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allegrippus
Jane Jacob's insight regarding fundamental shifts in social forces in the United States over the last sixty years is nothing short of incredible. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by James W. Singleton
I finally picked up a copy of this book, assuming that Jacobs might have been picking up early signals of decline. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Jeff Walker
interesting view of the world, history and the future.....the book could have been 75% short and still made the pointsPublished on March 15, 2011 by Richard H. Phillips
Few write quite as well as Ms. Jacobs on social and urban issues. She takes a social subject, tosses it into a scientific vat and spurts out a work of art! Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by T. Kepler
Another case where a good publisher says, "you have to have a more grabbing title." Good thoughtful book with potential trends for the future, but weak forcasting of big future... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Brunoski
A bizarre mishmash of half-baked non-ideas. Jacobs clearly hates the Romans yet the Dark Ages we commonly refer to refers to the period after their downfall. Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by S. A. Labbe
The central tenet seems to be that if you don't support the people and systems you need, then your city/society degrades. And it is hard to regain lost knowledge. Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by Bolt