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Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $7.95

Dickens's widely read satirical account of the Industrial Revolution.

Dickens creates the Victorian industrial city of Coketown, in northern England, and its unforgettable citizens, such as the unwavering utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind and the factory owner Josiah Bounderby, and the result is his famous critique of capitalist philosophy, the exploitative force he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Cities and the Wealth of Nations

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $16.00

"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting. . . . Jacob's diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark." —The New York Times Book Review

"Not only comprehensible but entertaining. . . . Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and... Read more >

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Dark Age Ahead

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 17, 2005
Price: $15.00

In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs—renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities—convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink of a new dark age, a period of cultural collapse. Jacobs pinpoints five... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Dark Age Ahead

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition)

Written by Jane Jacobs
Introduction by Jason Epstein


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $23.00

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its initial publication, this special edition of Jane Jacobs’s masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, features a new Introduction by Jason Epstein, the book’s original editor, who provides an intimate perspective on Jacobs herself and unique insights into the creation... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95

A direct indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what... Read more >

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The Economy of Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1970
Price: $15.95

"This book is radiant with ideas about what makes cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies."--The New Yorker Read more >

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The Nature of Economies

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $15.95

Starting from the premise that human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," Jane Jacobs has focused her singular eye on the natural world in order to discover the fundamental models for a vibrant economy. The lessons she discloses come from fields as diverse as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Nature of Economies

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Systems of Survival
A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00

In her first book in a decade, Jacobs offers a brilliant and original study of the ethical basis of public life. Written in the form of a platonic dialogue, Systems of Survival argues that human behavior is governed by two distinct ethical systems. The first is a guardian syndrome, which arises... Read more >

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The Jungle

Written by Upton Sinclair
Afterword by Anthony Arthur
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $11.00

In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The Innocents Abroad
or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $14.95

The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the Euro-pean “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully... Read more >
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The Innocents Abroad
or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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