Triumph of the City

Title: Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Author: Edward Glaeser

Publisher: Penguin Press

Type: Non Fiction

Released: February 10, 2011

Length: 352 pages

Cities all around the globe often get a bad wrap for being dirty and congested, impersonal and crime-ridden. But Edward Glaeser, an economics professor at Harvard, calls these metropolitan centers our "greatest invention." In his book Triumph of the City, he looks to modern day New York and Mumbai and all the way back to ancient Athens and Babylon to illustrate how good city living is. The city, he argues, allows for an easier exchange of ideas, which leads to innovation. It is also greener and better for your health. And an urban existence just might make you happier, too.

About the author

Daryl Paranada is the associate web producer for Marketplace overseeing all daily website content and production, as well as producing multimedia features -- including the popular economic explainer series Whiteboard -- and special projects. Follow him on Twitter @darylparanada.

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