Metropolis

£10.99

This is a dazzling, globe-spanning history of humankind’s greatest invention: the city. From its earliest incarnations 7000 years ago to the megalopolises of today, the story of the city is the story of civilisation. Although cities have only ever been inhabited by a tiny minority of humanity, the heat they generate has sparked most of our political, social, commercial, scientific, and artistic revolutions. It is these world-changing, epoch-defining moments that are the focus of Ben Wilson’s book, as he takes us on a thrilling global tour of the key metropolises of history, from Urk, Athens, Alexandria and Rome, to Baghdad, Lübeck and Venice, to Lisbon, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, LA, Shanghai and Lagos.

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author, a dazzling, globe-spanning history of humankind’s greatest invention: the city.

‘Brilliant…enchanting’ Evening Standard ‘Exhilarating’ New York Times

The story of the city is the story of civilisation. From Uruk and Babylon to Baghdad and Venice, and on to London, New York, Shanghai and Lagos, Ben Wilson takes us through millennia on a thrilling global tour of the key urban centres of history.

Rich with individual characters, scenes and snapshots of daily life, Metropolis is at once the story of these extraordinary places and of the vital role they have played in making us who we are.

‘Panoramic…entertaining and rich in wondrous detail’ Tom Holland

‘A towering achievement… Reading this book is like visiting an exhilarating city for the first time’ Wall Street Journal

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Weight 0.383 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

viii, 433, 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

307.7609 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K