"The gold standard for anthropological ethnography and public health journalism. Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to do work in the public health sector or with immigrant or minority communities. Referred to as having the same revolutionary impact on public health programs in the 90’s as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle had on the meatpacking industry in 1906."
"If all you know about Baltimore is from a fascination of “The Wire”, then this book will elaborate the daily realities, economic decision making, and highly complicated social structures that seem irrational to the outsider. Venkatesh is an engaging writer who is honest and frank about his naïveté and conflicts as a sociologist working in the Chicago Highrises during the height of the drug wars."
"The book that brought the idea of “Design Thinking” and creativity as a business method into the mainstream. Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, lays out his manifesto on the role of designers in new economy and the possibilities of designers in creating systemic and transformational change to society"
"An introduction to the conflicts, complicated relationships and ethical dilemmas of East Baltimore – the neighborhood many of you will be living in. The impact and shadow of Hopkins on the surrounding area is evident, and this book gives a vivid account from both a personal perspective and meta narrative."