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Metropolis
A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention
By (author): Ben Wilson
Ben Wilson

Imprint:

Doubleday Canada

ISBN:

9780385690966

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General Trade
Nov 10, 2020
$38.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.52in x 6.49 x 1.51 in | 1.81 lb

Page Count:

464 pages
Doubleday Canada
HISTORY / Civilization
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.

Story Locale: Uruk, Harappa, Babylon, Athens, Alexandria, Rome, Bagdad, Guangzhou, Angkor, Lubeck, Venice, Florence, Lisbon, Tenochtitlan, Amsterdam, London, Manchester, Chicago, Paris, New York, Dresden, Stalingrad, Nagasaki, Los Angeles, Shanghai

PERFECT FOR BIG-CANVAS HISTORY READERS: Metropolis blends a large historical scope with a careful examination of ideas, which will appeal to fans of Yuval Noah Harari, Peter Frankopan and Stephen Greenblatt.

HISTORY WITH CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE: Today the city is essential to any debate about our future, and Wilson subtly finds lessons in the past that speak to the hotter, more crowded cities of tomorrow.

BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED: Two full-colour inserts and numerous maps and in-text illustrations bring cities distant in time and place to vivid life.

BEN WILSON has an undergraduate and master’s degree in history from Cambridge University. He is the author of five previous books, including What Price Liberty?, for which he received the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Sunday Times UK bestseller Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy. He has consulted for various TV history programs and appeared on TV and on national radio in the UK and America. He has written for The Spectator, Literary Review, The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman, Men’s Health, Guardian Online and GQ.

Author Residence: Suffolk, UK

Author Hometown: London, UK

"Wilson takes us on an exhilarating tour of more than two dozen cities and thousands of years, examining that invention’s good and bad effects. . . . Metropolis is a bold undertaking that makes for gripping reading." —The New York Times Book Review

"Reading this book is like visiting an exhilarating city for the first time-dazzling, frazzling, sometimes both simultaneously. Metropolis teems with information and observations." —The Wall Street Journal

"[An] ode to cities and cosmopolitan life . . . Metropolis has the added virtue of Wilson as an erudite, creative guide to the history of civilization through its great urban areas." —TIME Magazine

"[Wilson] explores the growth, diversity and evolution of human civilisation in this enchanting and meandering book." —The Evening Standard

"[A] sharp reminder that the metropolis is vulnerable. . . . [Wilson] brilliantly synthesizes the forces that make cities hum." —Financial Times

"Information rich and accessible. For history and public policy readers seeking a global vision of the impact of world cities." —Library Journal

"[Wilson] hops from city to city and century to century, interweaving data, primary sources, anecdotes and the arts. . . . Wilson has done an admirable job wrangling his topic down to an easily digestible size." —Star Tribune

"Historian Wilson offers a sweeping survey of how the rise of cities over the past 6,000 years has shaped human history. . . . An amiable and well-informed tour guide, Wilson stuffs his account with intriguing arcana and analysis. Armchair travelers will be enlightened and entertained." —Publishers Weekly

"Wilson has mastered a gargantuan sweep of knowledge. . . . [His] enthusiasm for what ancient and modern cities have done for civilization is infectious, as is his magpie approach to various subjects under discussion . . . . Impeccably crafted." —Highbrow Magazine

"Capacious, entertaining and rich in wondrous detail, this is a work of history that pulls of the startling feat of measuring up to the immensity of its subject matter." —Literary Review

"Compendious and fascinating. . . . Metropolis is crammed with local colour; and what gives the historical schema its real flavour is the deviations it allows. . . . It makes you understand why we opted for cities in the first place, and why, despite the doom and gloom, I doubt we will be quitting them any time soon." —Daily Telegraph

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