Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Politics and Culture in Modern America)

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0812240702
ISBN-10: 0812240707
Why is ISBN important?
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
More Buying Choices
2 New from $411.80 19 Used from $59.89
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

The Numberlys Fall Reading
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews


"Colin Gordon combines intellectual rigor, a compelling argument, and extensive archival research with the latest geographic information system digital mapping techniques. Dozens of color maps, together with numerous figures and tables, allow the reader to examine the data with fresh eyes. Gordon's focus on a single city, a single neighborhood (Greater Ville), and even a single house (4635 North Market Street) gives his comprehensive analysis an immediacy and power that it might otherwise lack. And the prose is so thoughtful, so well written, and so engaged with recent scholarship that scholars on the topic will be fascinated."—Kenneth Jackson, Political Science Quarterly

"Knowledgeably argued, exhaustively researched, and accessibly written, Gordon's book also employs the latest in digital mapping technology. . . . For brick-and-mortar urban specialists . . . Mapping Decline is nothing short of monumental."—Urban History

"A searing indictment of policymakers, realtors, and mortgage lenders for deliberate decisions that sacrificed their own city of St. Louis on the altar of race. Colin Gordon's use of cartography to visualize this painful pattern of injustice and bad sense is a forceful exemplar for a new kind of history: one told visually as well as textually; analyzed spatially as well as chronologically. Written with empathy, Mapping Decline is a new milestone on the road toward a necessary reckoning of the precise responsibility for the extended urban crises of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."—Philip J. Ethington, University of Southern California

"Colin Gordon has infused the 'old' story of urban decline with new energy and urgency. His mapping of St. Louis's evolution is a powerful indictment of the distorting, segregating, and wasteful effects of public policy over several generations. Yet the book is not just about history. Incredibly, as Gordon shows, current national and state policies and governmental fragmentation continue to undermine the recover of American cities at the precise moment when they matter again—economically, environmentally, and socially."—Bruce Katz, The Brookings Institution

About the Author

Colin Gordon is Professor of History at The University of Iowa and author of Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth- Century America and New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935.

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Politics and Culture in Modern America
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812240707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812240702
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

VINE VOICEon January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
0Comment| 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on February 12, 2011
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews