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Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916–2006) was a writer who for more than forty years championed innovative, community-based approaches to urban planning. Her 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities became perhaps the most influential text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of planners and activists.


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Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2001
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-64217-6 (0-679-64217-X)

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






Cities and the Wealth of Nations
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1985
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-72911-4 (0-394-72911-0)

In this eye-opening work of economic theory, Jane Jacobs argues that it is cities—not nations—that are the drivers of wealth. Challenging centuries of economic orthodoxy, in Cities and the Wealth of Nations the beloved author contends that healthy cities are constantly evolving to replace imported goods with locally-produced alternatives, spurring a...

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Dark Age Ahead
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7670-3 (1-4000-7670-6)

In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we’re at risk of cultural collapse. Jacobs—renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities—pinpoints five pillars of our culture that are in serious decay: community and family; higher...

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Written by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Hardcover | September 2011
$23.00/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-64433-0 (0-679-64433-4)

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...

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 1992
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74195-4 (0-679-74195-X)

A direct and fundamentally optimistic 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, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose... Read more






The Economy of Cities
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Paperback | February 1970
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-70584-2 (0-394-70584-X)

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The Nature of Economies
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70243-3 (0-375-70243-1)

From the revered author of the classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities comes a new book that will revolutionize the way we think about the economy.

Starting from the premise that human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," Jane Jacobs has focused... Read more






Systems of Survival
Written by Jane Jacobs
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1994
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74816-8 (0-679-74816-4)

With intelligence and clarity of observation, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities addresses the moral values that underpin working life.

In Systems of Survival, Jane Jacobs identifies two distinct moral syndromes—one governing commerce, the other, politics—and explores what happens when these two syndromes collide. She... Read more






Vital Little Plans
Written by Jane Jacobs, Edited by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring
Random House | Hardcover | October 2016
$28.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-58960-7 (0-399-58960-0)

A career-spanning selection of previously uncollected writings and talks by the legendary author and activist

No one did more to change how we look at cities than Jane Jacobs, the visionary urbanist and economic thinker whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities started a global conversation that remains... Read more






The Jungle
Written by Upton Sinclair, Afterword by Anthony Arthur, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2006
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7623-6 (0-8129-7623-1)

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 of human  suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of... Read more






The Innocents Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6705-0 (0-8129-6705-4)

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 European “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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