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Cities is a fascinating exploration of the nature of the city and city life, of its structures, development and inhabitants. From the ruins of the earliest cities to the present, Reader explores how cities coalesce, develop and thrive, how they can decline and die, how they remake themselves. He investigates their parasitic relationship with the countryside around them, the webs of trade and immigration they rely upon to survive, how they feed and water themselves and dispose of their wastes. It is a sweeping exploration of what the city is and has been, fit to stand alongside Lewis Mumford's 1962 classic The City in History.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099284260
ISBN-10: 009928426X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - John Reader

John Reader is an author and photojournalist. He holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at UCL and is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Geographic Society.

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