Well-written and extremely topical,Deciphering the Cityefficiently deals with the large and small issues facing cities today. A focus on globalization's impact on the role of cities, an explicit mission to drive home the applied nature of urban studies to students. This innovative text offers an exciting introduction to the history, issues, problems, potential solutions and challenges, facing cities--in the developed and the developing world--for the twenty-first century. Globalization has changed the roles of cities in the global economy and this text begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of globalization, and how the changes it has brought about have affected the social, political, and economic institutions of societies. The second section of the text concentrates on the psychology of the city and the community-building process, while the book's third section illustrates the structure of cities and their historical and emerging patterns.Deciphering the Citymakes studying the city a relevant and interesting subject necessary in understanding the functioning of today's world.William A. Schwab is the author of 'Deciphering the City', published 2004 under ISBN 9780131134959 and ISBN 0131134957.