The Nature of Economies Audiobook, by Jane Jacobs Play Audiobook Sample

The Nature of Economies Audiobook

The Nature of Economies Audiobook, by Jane Jacobs Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kate Rudd Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212033657

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Longest Chapter Length:

68:23 minutes

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01:33 minutes

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28:53 minutes

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Decades after The Death and Life of Great American Cities forever changed the field of urban studies, Jane Jacobs—one of the few contemporary thinkers whose works will remain in print for generations—brought us a modern classic on economies and ecology. Original and eloquent, this book looks at the connection between the economy and nature, arguing that the principles of development, common to both systems, are the proper subject of economic study.

The Nature of Economies is written in the form of a Platonic dialogue, a conversation over coffee among five contemporary New Yorkers. The question they discuss is: Does economic life obey the same rules as those governing the systems in nature? For example, can the way fields and forests maximize their intakes and uses of sunlight teach us something about how economies expand wealth and jobs and can do this in environmentally beneficial ways? The underlying question is both simple and profound, and the answers that emerge will shape the way people think about how economies really work.

The New York Times described Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities as “first of all a work of literature.” The accessibility of her prose—The New Criterion called it “majestic"—stands as Jacobs’s hallmark. She is the rarest of analytic thinkers, both an economic visionary and an artist. Examining complex systems with the wit, style, and clear eye of the masterly essayist, in The Nature of Economies Jacobs accomplishes the near impossible: She fundamentally challenges some of the established principles of economics while writing in a style that enthralls the general reader.

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“This witty, beautifully expressed book represents the culmination of Jacobs’s previous thinking, and a step forward that deftly invokes a broader philosophical, even metaphysical, context.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

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About Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916–2006) was a writer and activist who championed new approaches to urban planning for more than forty years. Her 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop the building of downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’ reign of power in New York City.

About Kate Rudd

Kate Rudd, actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.