Book Review: City – A Guidebook for the Urban Age

cityBook Review: City – A Guidebook for the Urban Age  (Author P.D. Smith)

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 and carefully chosen illustrations, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work.

If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban areas, you might like this book, modeled after those ubiquitous travel guides featuring a particular metropolis. P. D. Smith takes you through various areas and attractions found in virtually every city: downtown, street food, parks, and transportation, among others. Smith also draws parallels between historic cities and those of today, showing that cities have always been a place for innovation and development.

4 out of 5 stars.

Marleah Augustine is the Adult Department Librarian at the Hays Public Library

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