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Metropolis: a history of the city, humankind's greatest invention
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New York : Doubleday, [2020].
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Book
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First United States edition.
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x, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates (some color) ; illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
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3 copies, 1 person is on the wait list.
North Branford/Smith Adult Nonfiction - New
New 307.7 Wilson
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"From a brilliant young historian, a colourful journey through 7,000 years and twenty-six world cities that shows how urban living has been the spur and incubator to humankind's greatest innovations. In the two hundred millennia of our existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. Ben Wilson, author of bestselling and award-winning books on British history, now tells the grand, glorious story of how city living has allowed human culture to flourish. Beginning in 5,000 BC with Uruk, the world's first city, immortalized in The Epic of Gilgamesh, he shows us that cities were never a necessity, but that once they existed, their density created such a blossoming of human endeavour--producing new professions, art forms, worship and trade--that they kickstarted civilization itself. Guiding readers through famous cities over 7,000 years, Wilson reveals the innovations driven by each: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in 9th century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London, domestic comforts in the heart of Amsterdam, peacocking in Belle Epoque Paris. In the modern age, he studies the impact of verticality in New York City, the sprawl of LA and the eco-reimagining of 21st-century Shanghai. Lively, erudite, page-turning and irresistible, Metropolis is a grand tour of human endeavour"--

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"From a brilliant young historian, a colourful journey through 7,000 years and twenty-six world cities that shows how urban living has been the spur and incubator to humankind's greatest innovations. In the two hundred millennia of our existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. Ben Wilson, author of bestselling and award-winning books on British history, now tells the grand, glorious story of how city living has allowed human culture to flourish. Beginning in 5,000 BC with Uruk, the world's first city, immortalized in The Epic of Gilgamesh, he shows us that cities were never a necessity, but that once they existed, their density created such a blossoming of human endeavour--producing new professions, art forms, worship and trade--that they kickstarted civilization itself. Guiding readers through famous cities over 7,000 years, Wilson reveals the innovations driven by each: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in 9th century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London, domestic comforts in the heart of Amsterdam, peacocking in Belle Epoque Paris. In the modern age, he studies the impact of verticality in New York City, the sprawl of LA and the eco-reimagining of 21st-century Shanghai. Lively, erudite, page-turning and irresistible, Metropolis is a grand tour of human endeavour"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Wilson, B. (2020). Metropolis: a history of the city, humankind's greatest invention. First United States edition. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Wilson, Ben, 1980-. 2020. Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Wilson, Ben, 1980-, Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention. New York: Doubleday, 2020.

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Wilson, Ben. Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention. First United States edition. New York: Doubleday, 2020. Print.

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