_Harvest Books / 1970
English / ISBN: 9780156233019
Cond. New / Paperback / (#PA0507) / image
A new paperback.
The Culture of Cities is arguably Lewis Mumford’s greatest work. Its publication in 1938 marked a turning point in his extraordinary six-decade writing career, thrusting him into the international spotlight and onto the cover of Time. So sweeping and insightful was Mumford’s analysis that thereafter he was acknowledged as an authority on urbanism in its multitudinous aspects: historical, formal, social, economic, and political. He even parlayed his expertise into a brief stint as a planning consultant for the city of Honolulu. Mumford later revised and greatly expanded the Culture of Cities as the better-known City in History (1961), a winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1962. The latter book, however, lacks the freshness and optimism of the former, which still has the power to move the present-day reader to dream of a better urban environment, integrated with surrounding region and attuned to the essential rhythms of daily life. more