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The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman

In Reviews on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

Review by Daniel Polk

Daniel Polk  from Princeton University reviews Charles Fishman’s book “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.”

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Triumph of the City

In Reviews on May 24, 2011 at 7:00 am

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Architectural critics once warned New Yorkers about skyscrapers that surpassed the height of the thirteenth floor. They argued buildings any taller than 125 feet would paint the sidewalks with permanent shadows and force the cavernous streets to flood with congestion. People would flee the chaos and property vales would plummet. Time would prove them to be both right and wrong. This ambiguity sets the stage for Glaeser’s surprising assessments of the successes, failures, and promises of cities. The author navigates issues ranging from sanitation in the world’s slums to ranking systems of jet-setting haute cuisine with the eye of an economist, writing in truest form. Read the rest of this entry »