City on a Grid: How New York Became New York by Gerard Koeppel

The book is a fascinating look at urban planning (or lack thereof in some respects) from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries in America’s largest city – New York City. Koeppel goes into great detail on the origins of New York City’s grid network, including looking at the three men that had such an impact on the plan that was used to form the grid.

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The Great and the Good by Michel Deon

The book is intriguing because it almost feels like a classic. A classic in the sense that it captures the time period perfectly – 1950’s America as an industrial and commercial giant. In contrast, it is perplexing due to the structure of the book. It is a bit tedious at times. Tedious in the organization – paragraphs go on for several pages and the dialogue is a bit hard to follow in certain parts.

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