Book Reviews of Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
Geography of Nowhere The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
Author: James Howard Kunstler
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ISBN-13: 9780671888251
ISBN-10: 0671888250
Publication Date: 7/26/1994
Pages: 304
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Publisher: Free Press
Book Type: Paperback
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"It makes me ashamed of my civilization," James Howard Kunstler uttered during his visit to Greenfield Village, Henry Ford's tribute to American history. Reading his The Geography of Nowhere might have you saying the same, if you agree with his critique of the built American landscape. In addition to being ugly, expensive, and unsustainably oil-dependent, Kunstler charges suburban sprawl and Modernism with destroying a true sense of place, which in turn, impoverishes our sense of home and social ties. If you agree with his analysis on the growth of the American economy, from the Pilgrims to the 1970s oil embargo, then this current economic situation seems all the more ominous. His use of "monoculture" to describe suburban developments seemed forward-thinking for this 1993 work. However, Kunstler does not really offer many solutions; perhaps they will be explored more in subsequent works (Home from Nowhere and The City in Mind). Although I found it insightful and encouraged me to think about the relationship between our physical setting and social and economic ills, I think some—those especially invested in suburbia, car culture, and extreme individualism—would not like his opinionated, somewhat condescending writing style.
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Very interesting study on the impact of suburbs on American culture, although a bit dated (it was written in 1993).
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good read. It makes you look at the set up of this country, ie. roads and cities.