Planet of Slums

Planet of Slums

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by Mike Davis
     
 

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Celebrated urban theorist lifts the lid on the effects of a global explosion of disenfranchised slum-dwellers.See more details below

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Celebrated urban theorist lifts the lid on the effects of a global explosion of disenfranchised slum-dwellers.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Sorkin
“In this trenchantly argued book, Mike Davis quantifies the nightmarish mass production of slums that marks the contemporary city. With cool indignation, Davis argues that the exponential growth of slums is no accident but the result of a perfect storm of corrupt leadership,
institutional failure, and IMF-imposed Structural Adjustment Programs leading to a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. Scourge of neo-liberal nostrums, Davis debunks the irresponsible myth of self-help salvation, showing exactly who gets the boot from ‘bootstrap capitalism.’ Like the work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln
Steffans over a century ago, this searing indictment makes the shame of our cities urgently clear.”
From the Publisher
“The astonishing facts hit like anvil blows ... A heartbreaking book.”—Financial Times

“Davis’s prose exudes a crusading fervour—if not exactly messianic, close enough.”—Village Voice

“If it’s apocalypse you want—and frankly who doesn’t, because how else to explain the mess we’re in—nobody does it better.”—Guardian

“The Raymond Chandler of urban geography ... a coruscating tragedy.”—Independent

“A profound enquiry into an urgent subject ... a brilliant book.”—Arundhati Roy

Financial Times
“The astonishing facts hit like anvil blows ... A heartbreaking book.”
Village Voice
“Davis's prose exudes a crusading fervour – if not exactly messianic, close enough.”
Guadrian
“If it's apocalypse you want – and frankly who doesn't, because how else to explain the mess we're in – nobody does it better.”
Independent
“The Raymond Chandler of urban geography ... a coruscating tragedy.”
Arundhati Roy
“A profound enquiry into an urgent subject ... a brilliant book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844670222
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/13/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.90(d)

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