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Dwight GarnerSerious, mightily researched, lofty and humane, Arrival City is packed with salient detail and could hardly be more timely…[Saunders] presents these fringe worlds not as fetid ghettos or pots of simmering radicalism. Instead, he argues, they are kilns of reverberating energy and optimism where the world's rural downtrodden seek a foothold in the modern world…Mr. Saunders's optimistic book, which draws on the work of economists, sociologists and urban planners, feels as important in its way as was Jane Jacobs's Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961. It feels like a game changer; it should certainly be a policy changer.
—The New York Times