The Unfinished City
New York and the Metropolitan Idea
By (author) Thomas Bender
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Unfinished City by Thomas Bender
Book DescriptionThroughout American history, cities have been a powerful source of inspiration and energy, nourishing the spirit of invention and the world of intellect, and fueling movements for innovation and reform. In The Unfinished City, nationally renowned urban scholar Thomas Bender examines the source of Manhattan's influence over American life. The Unfinished City traces the history of New York from its humble regional beginnings to its present global eminence. Bender contends that the city took shape not only according to the grand designs of urban planners and business tycoons, but also in response to a welter of artistic visions, intellectual projects, and everyday demands of the millions of people who made the city home. Bender's story of urban development ranges from the streets of Times Square to the workshops of Thomas Edison, from the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. In a tour that spans neighborhoods and centuries, The Unfinished City makes a powerful case for the enduring importance of cities in American life. For anyone who loves New York or values the limitless possibilities intrinsic in all cities, this book is an unparalleled guide to Manhattan's past and present.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814799963
(5015mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Bender
Urban Assemblages, Hardback (September 2009)
Intends to propose theories, concepts, and perspectives developed in the field of science and technology studies (STS) and, more specifically, Actor-Network Theory (ANT).
American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005, Hardback (April 2008)
Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender have assembled an essential reference for policymakers, administrators, and all those interested in the history and sociology of higher education.
Republican Beijing, Hardback (July 2003)
A comprehensive history of Republican Beijing, this text examines how the capital acquired its identity as a consummately "traditional" Chinese city. The author argues that nostalgia directed towards the living Republic city is an essential characteristic of Chinese modernity.
Rethinking American History in a Global Age, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Thomas Bender
This volume asks questions about both nationalism and the discipline of history itself. The essays offer fresh ways of thinking about the traditional themes and periods of American history. The aim is to provide a history that more accurately reflects the dimensions of American experience.
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Author Biography - Thomas Bender
Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History.
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