“THREE BOOKS, all written by women in the early 1960s, changed the way we looked at the world and ourselves: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, and Jane Jacob’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities. These three books created revolutions in their spheres of influence, and nothing affected city planning and architecture – – or the way we think about how life is lived in densely packed urban centers — more than Jane Jacobs’s far-sighted polemic. . . . [Jacobs] was ridiculed and pilloried by the establishment, but her ideas quickly took hold, and no one ever looked at what made for livable and viable neighborhoods the same way again. . . ”
– From cover copy for Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the story of The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
A really important book. The kind of brief, electrifying work that you will buy copies of to give to your most interesting friends. Be sure to add to that list all the teenagers you know – – this book is guaranteed to give them all, young and old, genuine aha! moments about their street, neighborhood, town, city, wherever they live – – wherever they travel.