City

  • by P. D. Smith
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers - the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and tourist sites, creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the city through history and into the future.
The urban explorer will revel in essays on downtowns, suburbs, shantytowns and favelas, graffiti, skylines, crime, the theater, street food, sport, eco-cities, and sacred sites, as well as mini essays on the Tower of Babel, flash mobs, ghettos, skateboarding, and SimCity, among many others.
Acclaimed author and independent scholar P. D. Smith explores what it was like to live in the first cities, how they have evolved, and why in the future, cities will play an even greater role in human life.

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Commuters companion

Before buying this book I saw a review describing this book as a "coffee table book" and I cannot think of a better way of describing it. It is no historical thesis; it jumps from topic to topic in time and place - but as long as that's what your expecting it is enjoyable. It is filled with interesting historical and anthropological facts and is an excellent commuters companion.
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- Anna

Whirlwind tour of cities - past, present, future

Smith's masterfully explores what 'city' really means. It's a portrait painted with examples, past and present that extend off into a hypothetical future. He covers transportation from walking cities to the impact of the automobile, city sports from gladiators to football to parkour, the influence of technology on cities, family relations, and a wide range of other topics. I've really come away with a more rooted view of cities, and a heck of a lot more knowledge about how and why they work the way they do.
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury