America's Undeclared War: What's Killing Our Cities and how to Stop it

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Harcourt, 2001 - Всего страниц: 353
"I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1800, sounding a note that has echoed throughout American history. In this bracing reexamination, Daniel Lazare traces the progress of America's unwavering war on its cities and looks at the profound consequences.

From Jefferson through Henry Ford and Franklin Roosevelt to the present, we have labored to wither our cities, simultaneously fouling our air and our landscape, depleting our energy resources to feed our automobiles and neglecting any form of community other than hollow, homogenous suburbs. And yet the average American has a smaller share of the country's wealth than the average European and less opportunity to improve his or her lot.

Provocative and enlightening, America's Undeclared War exposes a prejudice both fundamental and destructive to American culture. With a mordant wit and a refreshing clarity, Lazare offers a vision that can re-invigorate us, our communities, and our future.

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AMERICA'S UNDECLARED WAR: What's Killing Our Cities and How We Can Stop It

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A brisk assessment of the ills of the American city with suggested remedies that range from problematic to quixotic.Lazare enjoys slaughtering sacred cows. In The Frozen Republic (1996), he developed ... Читать весь отзыв

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Declaring war on American antiurbanism, Lazare devotes two-thirds of this book to exploring a historical vein that includes Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Lewis Mumford, and others and the rest to ... Читать весь отзыв

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The City the Individual and the Nation
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The First Urban Crisis
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The Second Urban Crisis
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Daniel Lazare is the author of the iconoclastic study of the U.S. Constitution, The Frozen Republic, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. He has written about race, drugs, and urban policy for a wide variety of publications, including Harper's, The American Prospect, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He lives in Manhattan.

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