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Author  John Reader
Publisher  Atlantic Books
Publication Date   December 31, 2005
ISBN  0871138980
Pages  384

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Reader reveals how cities came to be, what made them thrive, how they declined, and how they remade themselves. He debunks long-held theories and shows that the first cities actually preceded and inspired the growth of farming, that trees grow better in cities, and that even though three thousand years separated Imperial Rome from the Sumerian cities, evidence shows that their everyday lives were similar and had something in common with our lives today. Investigating cities' parasitic relationship with the countryside, the webs of trade, and how they feed and water themselves and dispose of their wastes, Reader proves a marvelous tour guide through these "defining artifacts of civilization.

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