Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Front Cover
Penguin, Feb 10, 2011 - Social Science - 352 pages
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinseyBest Book of the Year Award in 2011

“A masterpiece.”†—Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of†Freakonomics

“Bursting with insights.”†—The New York Times Book Review

A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities

America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.


What Do They Make in Bangalore?
Why Do Cities Decline?
Whats Good About Slums?
How Were the Tenements Tamed?
Is London a Luxury Resort?
Whats So Great About Skyscrapers?
Why Has Sprawl Spread?
Is There Anything Greener Than Blacktop?
How Do Cities Succeed?
Flat World Tall City

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He studies the economics of cities, housing, segregation, obesity, crime, innovation and other subjects, and writes about many of these issues for Economix. He serves as the director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992.

Bibliographic information