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Jackson traces the consequences of the predominantly North American process [of suburbanization] through three centuries of technological, economic and social innovation.

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This first full-scale history of the development of the American suburb examines how “the good life” in America came to be equated with the a home of one’s own surrounded by a grassy yard and located far from the urban workplace. Integrating social history with economic and architectural analysis, and taking into account such factors as the availability of cheap land, inexpensive crqbgrass methods, and rapid transportation, Kenneth Jackson chronicles the phenomenal growth of the American suburb from the middle of the 19th century to the present day.

He treats communities in every section of the U. In conclusion, Jackson offers a controversial prediction: Read more Read crzbgrass. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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This book was suggested by my professor for additional readings for my research. I dreaded additional work but sucked it up and actually enjoy the book. It is very well written and extremely detailed about this history and extremely fast expansion of urban sprawl in the United States. There is good comic relief ever now and then but focused on the subject. I splurged and got the audio for the kindle which I had never done before and it highlights the line that the narrator.


The narrator have good change in tone and reads at a normal rate. This is probably the first comprehensive study of suburbanization. Jackson traces the history of urban development and provides a persuasive chronology of events that led to the present American society. His analysis of the social, political and intellectual context leading the formation of Levittowns in the s is sound and useful to understand the more distant causes of “white flight” in the s and 70s.

Both in depth and breadth, this is certainly the book for the general audience on the topic. This book is THE basic reference on American suburbs, their cause and, sometimes, their cure. Jackson’s chapters on how government-subsidized financing practically guaranteed “white only” suburbs post-WW II is fascinating as is his account of the politics of private development based on infusions of public money, e.

He also includes a lot of landscape architectural history in his discussions of pre-WW II ‘burbs. This book is exactly 15 years old as I write this review. By accidental coincidence, today is also the day I finished reading it. While “Suburban Nation” focuses specially on the “technical” reasons the suburbs were formed the way they are, the other book develops more on the psychological and social effects that such environment created in many suburbanites.

Even though this book is relatively old, it contains arguments and definitions which are pretty much valid today, and predictions made about a city and countryside comeback due to suburbs decay and the rejection – at least for the most part – of a fragmented labor force, with white-color professionals working from the comfort and convenience of their own homes have proven to be accurate.

After all, everything that goes up, must come down according to the gravity law This is neither a pro nor an anti suburbanization piece of work, although it sometimes attributes social stratification and other inner city illnesses to this pattern of urban development. Rather, it describes what, when, how and why things are the way they appear today. It’s a union of two other great books on the subject the ones referred above that is worth reading, especially those interested in urban planning and social and economical development.


One person found this helpful. I love this book. It takes you back and allows you to contextualize the American home and way of life. His comparison with Europe are helpful but I wish he made more as well as more to Asian cities he only mentions Japan a few times. It really gives some great insight into how the American lifestyle got where it is.

I am not waiting for a more recent book with similar scholarship. Very thorough historical perspective of suburban sprawl in the US; informative and an enjoyable read.

Essential reading if you want to understand what’s going on jacskon American cities today. While often overloaded with details, anecdotes, and apocrypha, Crabgrass Frontier is a passionate, informative investigation into the history of the suburb, both in America and elsewhere.

The author clearly researched his stuff thoroughly, though one might wish for a bit LESS detail sometimes his “evidentiary anecdotes” often get in the way of the narrative flow.

The sheer volume of detail and data make this a great book for the historian or history student in college. The passion of the author, and the light writing style, makes this a great book for the historical dabbler as well.

A good read, if at times a bit weighty. See all 41 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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