Introduction: “The City in History” by Lewis Mumford


Some Observations on Lewis Mumford’s “The City in History”

David Riesman
For a number of years I have not had any time to undertake book reviews but I feel so keenly the importance and excitement of Mumford’s work, and my own personal debt to that work, that I wanted to contribute to this symposium even if I could not begin to do justice to the task. What follows are my only slightly modified notes made on reading selected chapters of the…