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"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 elusive subject. That, all by itself, makes for an intoxicating experience."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times