The City in History by Lewis Mumford

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The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects is a 1961 National Book Award winner by American historian Lewis Mumford. In the book Mumford urges for a world not in which technology reigns, but rather where it achieves a balance with nature. His ideal vision is what can be described as an "organic city," where culture is not usurped by technological innovation but rather thrives with it. Mumford contrasts these cities with those constructed around wars, tyrants, poverty, etc. However, the book is not an attack on the city, but rather an evaluation of its growth, how it came to be, and where it is heading, as evidenced by the final chapter "Retrospect and Prospect."

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The 219th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 76th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - National Book Award - Nonfiction (National Book Foundation)
  3. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (
  4. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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