Book Reviews

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The Woman Who Saved Our Cities

Posted September 22, 2016 by

Jane Jacobs is the leading urban visionary for post-WWII cities. Fittingly, her 100th birthday this year is being celebrated by books, events and a new documentary film. I recently spoke at a SPUR panel titled “What Would Jane Jacobs Do?,”
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Uncovering California Labor

Posted September 1, 2016 by

American labor unions are often associated with New York City garment workers or West Virginia coal miners, but California has a rich labor history. Fred Glass’ brilliant new book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement,
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The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

Remembering Ralph Gleason, Legendary SF Jazz Writer

Posted August 15, 2016 by Peter Richardson

­Music in the Air: The Selected Writings of Ralph J. GleasonConversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews, Edited by Toby Gleason I didn’t know anything about the Ralph J. Gleason cult until I began researching my 2009 book on
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Lessons from Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

Posted July 14, 2016 by Lainey Feingold

Barbara Brenner’s friends and family have given a gift to activists in all fields with the publication of So Much To Be Done:  The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner.  Brenner, who died in 2013, was a well known
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The Roots of Jane Jacobs’ Urban Vision

Posted June 2, 2016 by

The 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ birth has brought renewed accolades for the acclaimed author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs’ alternative vision for urban America became today’s prevailing wisdom on cities, housing, traffic, open space,
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