I have seldom read a more thought-provoking, stimulating, and fascinating book than this.
Rand strongly espoused the commercial system of ethics, and viewed the guardian system as closest thing to evil, best eliminated to the extent possible.
The dysjunction between their behavior and my assessment of their characters was the source of much grief.
I read everything Jane Jacobs wrote, she was a wonderful author and considerable thinker, no longer with us sad to say as she died in the early 80s.Published 4 months ago by cebepe
Astounding book. Let's take an example from the first few chapters.
Is it right or wrong to lie? Of course, it's wrong -- honesty is an obvious moral ideal. Read more
Speaking as guardian who has spent his life as a commercial I found this book very enlightening. It's a brilliant exposition of the tensions between the two systems and the way... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Baraniecki Mark Stuart
Jane Jacobs was one of the most original and profound thinkers of the last hundred years, with the ability to prove conventional thought wrong on many subjects. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Howard L. Brady
The book is presented as a fictional debate between the characters as they sort through human value systems. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stephen Walli
Awesome discussion about the need for balance between government (the guardians) and commerce. Well researched and documented, conveyed in conversational style. I loved it.Published on August 16, 2011 by Ken Deshaies
The amazing thing about reading Jane Jacobs is that she intuitively understands what she examines. She writes as a true intellectual - broadly finding relationships based upon... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Burton Robinson
There are two kinds of people in the world, those who divide people into two kinds and those who don't. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Jason S. Taylor
Jane Jacobs was the grand old lady of urban planning. It was delightful to read her The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by L.. Oost