I found Kotkin's little essay on "suggested reading" useful - as were many of the sources he cited - but the text?
And if a sense of community is the key, then some of Kotkin's harsher evaluations of American cities may not be justified.
Overall, I liked the book, but it left me wanting more AND wondering why Kotkin just didn't provide it to his readers.
Yep, as others have said, not so much a book as a series of thoughts linked by chapter headings. Maybe start with the last chapter and write the book from there . . .Published 14 months ago by Wandering Lad
Comprehensive. Startlingly frank and fresh look at urban planning from a brilliant conservative thinker and planner who looks at the entire landscape instead of the typical narrow... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dean H. Becker
Needed this for my Urban Geography class - great book! Very informative! I like how it has an index in the back.Published 21 months ago by Jill
It's a textbook for our class. It's worth reading to know US urban history. But Kotkin sometimes write arbitrarily and his not the guy urban planners would love.Published 21 months ago by pan
This is a book that argues that all great cities must be sacred, safe and vibrant economically. The term "sacred" has been a major issue in the reviews, and I think rightfully so. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by S. Smith-Peter
I love brevity - gimme what I need, no flash, no flowery language and I'm happy. So, when I saw this book it seemed perfect. Unfortunately, each section is too brief. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Tejana
The book is almost new & it's in good condition and fast shipping. I would recommend anyone who wants to buy a book from this user.Published on August 31, 2010 by okahh
The author's scope is ambitious: 5,000 years of city life.
He provides a great summary of the first 3,000 years that readers may not know. Read more
The City by Joel Kotkin is a very short (about 160 pages of text) and to the point survey of the history of cities in all areas of the world. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by C. Richard