Jan 2, 2013 — Author Mark Binelli knows it isn't all great, but he still claims Detroit City Is the Place to Be. His book takes readers from decay to possibility in a new look at a city we thought we already knew so much about.
Nov 17, 2012 — City planner Jeff Speck says walking will remain a choice in most American cities for years to come, but that it's important to incentivize pedestrians. In his book, Walkable City, Speck says urban walks have to be useful, safe, comfortable and interesting.
Aug 19, 2012 — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the devastating losses and the inept government response, dominated the news cycle for a few months. But New Orleans residents' struggle to return home never stopped. Writer Daniel Wolff's new book follows several Crescent City characters as they rebuild after the disaster.
Mar 2, 2012 — In The House I Loved, a woman reflects on the reconstruction of Paris. It debuts at No. 8.
Feb 3, 2009 — On January 20th, millions of Americans descended on the nation's capital to watch the first African American swear in as President of the United States. But few of those celebrating in Washington, D.C., know the story of how the American capital came to be.
Jun 26, 2008 — Journalist James Glanz is Baghdad bureau chief for The New York Times; he's just reported on a government study criticizing the Bush administration for broadly overstating certain gains in Iraq.
Jun 16, 2008 — In his new book, Washington: The Making of the American Capital, Fergus Bordewich reveals how Washington, D.C., became the nation's seat of power and — perhaps a lesser-known fact — how the historic enslavement of African-Americans played a role in that designation. Bordewich talks about his new book.
Nov 21, 2005 — New York has long been one of the most fully wrought of America's cities. A new book sheds light on how the Big Apple supports millions of people. From the number of the city's pay phones to how many buildings have their own zip code, The Works: Anatomy of a City has the answers.
Nov 29, 2004 — Author Joshua Olsen talks about Better Places, Better Lives. It's a biography of James Rouse, the renowned city planner behind the shopping mall. Rouse planned Columbia, Md., one of the best-planned communities in America, but some of his other ideas for saving America's cities and controlling urban sprawl didn't meet his expectations.