• A lateish-life appraisal of what Richard Sennett has read, written and, most vitally, witnessed on the street or in the marketplace in the tradition of the sharp-eyed, sharp-nosed flâneur taking in every sensation

    Jonathan Meades, Guardian
  • Sennett leavens the big ideas with snapshots of real life. ... It reads like a summation of a life lived in cities and is, ultimately, a paean to their unpredictability, a call for tolerance and a celebration of difference.

    Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times
  • He has brought to the study of urban life a perception that includes literature, philosophy, art, sociology and economics, as well as his personal experiences

    Rowan Moore, Observer
  • Distils into a single volume his thoughts on how urban design shapes the ways in which we relate to one another ... Typically idealistic, typically urbane, it is well-timed for the disputes of our day

    Justin McGuirk, New Yorker

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