by Deborah Talbot
About the Books
This exciting new series of books explores the lives and theories of the world’s greatest thinkers and activists, in a way that brings both the people and their revolutionary ideas instantly alive and accessible. Jane Jacobs was an urbanist, activist and pioneer and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. Yet she remains hugely underrated, possibly because she was a woman writing in a male-dominated field. The aim of this book is to bring Jacobs’ highly original ideas and perceptive insights to light, looking first at who she was as a person, where and how she lived, and how her ferocious intellect led her to unchartered frontiers of thought. Presenting her writings in three core chapters, Who the Hell is Jane Jacobs? looks at not only how Jacobs’ ideas about cities and the economy evolved, but how these ideas play out in contemporary society. Jacobs shows us how society is about people, not money or power.