Book: Metropolis


. . . Reading this book is like visiting an exhilarating city for the first time—dazzling.” —The Wall Street Journal During the two hundred millennia of humanity’s existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city.

  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 13 : 9780385543477

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In a captivating tour of cities famous and forgotten, acclaimed historian Ben Wilson tells the glorious, millennia-spanning story how urban living sparked humankind's greatest innovations. “A towering achievement. . . . Reading this book is like visiting an exhilarating city for the first time—dazzling.” —The Wall Street Journal During the two hundred millennia of humanity’s existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. From their very beginnings, cities created such a flourishing of human endeavor—new professions, new forms of art, worship and trade—that they kick-started civilization. Guiding us through the centuries, Wilson reveals the innovations nurtured by the inimitable energy of human beings together: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in ninth-century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London, domestic comforts in the heart of Amsterdam, peacocking in Belle Époque Paris. In the modern age, the skyscrapers of New York City inspired utopian visions of community design, while the trees of twenty-first-century Seattle and Shanghai point to a sustainable future in the age of climate change. Page-turning, irresistible, and rich with engrossing detail, Metropolis is a brilliant demonstration that the story of human civilization is the story of cities.

Book: Metropolis


  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 24 September 2020
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 13 : 9781473549777

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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

Book: Metropolis


  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 13 : 9780385690973

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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.

Book: Metropolis


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.

  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Doubleday Books
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 13 : 0385543468

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Metropolis Book Summary :

From a brilliant young historian, a colorful 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. Historian 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 with Uruk, the world's first city, dating to 5000 BC and memorably portrayed 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 endeavor--producing new professions, forms of art, worship, and trade--that they kick-started nothing less than civilization. Guiding readers through famous cities over 7,000 years, he reveals the innovations driven by each: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in ninth-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 L.A., and the eco-reimagining of twenty-first-century Shanghai. Lively, erudite, page turning, and irresistible, Metropolis is a grand tour of human achievement.

Book: What Price Liberty


We have a rich legacy to draw upon to help define our approach to current problems. Yet it is a history which we are in danger of forgetting or misreading. In What Price Liberty?

  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 16 January 2022
  • Category: Civil rights
  • Pages : 461
  • ISBN 13 : UOM:39015080858544

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What Price Liberty Book Summary :

Takes us through four centuries of British, American and European history, elaborating not just how civil liberties were constructed in the past, but how they were continually rethought - and re-fought - in response to modernity and puts into context the controversies of the past decade or so.

Book: Metropolis


This Weimar-era novel of a futuristic society, written by the screenwriter for the iconic 1927 film, was hailed by noted science-fiction authority Forrest J. Ackerman as "a work of genius."

  • Author : Thea von Harbou
  • Publisher : Courier Dover Publications
  • Release : 20 May 2015
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 13 : 9780486795676

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Metropolis Book Summary :

This Weimar-era novel of a futuristic society, written by the screenwriter for the iconic 1927 film, was hailed by noted science-fiction authority Forrest J. Ackerman as "a work of genius."

Book: The City


The City: A World History depicts the rise of urban centers from the middle of the fourth century BCE to the early twenty-first century.

  • Author : Andrew Lees
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 16 January 2022
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN 13 : 9780199859528

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The City Book Summary :

The City: A World History depicts the rise of urban centers from the middle of the fourth century BCE to the early twenty-first century. It begins in the ancient Near East, and traces urban growth and its effects throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Book: Black Sea


" This strikingly original book is about place and history - about the universe of the Black Sea, from Jason and the Golden Fleece to the fall of Communism and the new world disorder.

  • Author : Neal Ascherson
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 30 September 1996
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 13 : 0809015935

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The author demonstrates, through the history of the Black Sea area and the disputed regions of Russia, Turkey, Romania, Greece, and Caucasus, that "the meanings of 'community, ' 'nationhood, ' and 'cultural independence' are both fierce and disturbingly uncertain."

Book: A History of Future Cities


An exploration of four cities that reflect a blend of Eastern and Western cultures traces the historical threads connecting St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai while discussing their conflicted embrace of modernity.

  • Author : Daniel Brook
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 25 February 2013
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 457
  • ISBN 13 : 9780393078121

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An exploration of four cities that reflect a blend of Eastern and Western cultures traces the historical threads connecting St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai while discussing their conflicted embrace of modernity.

Book: Empire of the Deep


The story of our navy is nothing less than the story of Britain, our culture and our empire.

  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Phoenix
  • Release : 11 September 2014
  • Category: Great Britain
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN 13 : 0753829207

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Empire of the Deep Book Summary :

The story of our navy is nothing less than the story of Britain, our culture and our empire. Much more than a parade of admirals and their battles, this is the story of how an insignificant island nation conquered the world's oceans to become its greatest trading empire. Yet, as Ben Wilson shows, there was nothing inevitable about this rise to maritime domination, nor was it ever an easy path. EMPIRE OF THE DEEP: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH NAVY also reveals how our naval history has shaped us in more subtle and surprising ways - our language, culture, politics and national character all owe a great debt to this conquest of the seas. This is a gripping, fresh take on our national story.

Book: Heyday


In Heyday, the acclaimed historian Ben Wilson recreates this time of explosive energy and dizzying change, a rollercoaster ride of booms and busts.

  • Author : Ben Wilson
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 26 April 2016
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 13 : 9780465098705

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Heyday Book Summary :

A global history of the 1850s, the turbulent decade that marked the peak of the Victorian era, the birth of modernity, and the beginning of the first global age