All That is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
by Marshall Berman

The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change
by David Harvey
posted at 8:58 PM

Global History 

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

1421: The Year China Discovered America
by Gavin Menzies

Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century: The structures of everyday Life
by Fernand Braudel
posted at 8:49 PM

American Culture 

The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
by Barry Glassner

The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America
by Leo Marx

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
by John De Graaf
posted at 8:28 PM

Liberal Dogma 

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
By Eric Schloser

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
by Jonathan Kozol

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
By James W. Loewen

No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
By Naomi Klein

A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
By Howard Zinn

One World: The Ethics of Globalization
by Peter Singer
posted at 1:40 PM

Cities, Suburbs, and Planning 

Dead Cities and Other Tales
by Mike Davis

The Death and Life
of Great American Cities

By Jane Jacobs

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
By Andres Duany, et al

Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
By Kenneth T. Jackson

Metropolitics: A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability
by Myron W Orfield

Edge City: Life on the New Frontier
by Joel Garreau

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
by James H Kunstler

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
by Mike Davis

Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster
by Mike Davis

Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited
by Douglas Kelbaugh

City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village, Revised Edition
by David M. Sucher
posted at 1:25 PM

Books About Detroit 

The Origins of the Urban Crisis
By Thomas J. Sugrue

Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution
By Dan Georgakas, Marvin Surkin, and Manning Marable

Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit
By June Manning Thomas

Making the Modern: Industry, Art, and Design in America
by Terry Smith

Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit
by Suzanne E Smith
posted at 1:25 PM

University of Michigan History 

Making of the University of Michigan
By Howard Peckham

A University for the 21st Century
By James Duderstadt

Women at Michigan: The Dangerous Experiment, 1870s to the Present
By Ruth Bordin

Tempests Into Rainbows: Managing Turbulence
By Robben W. Fleming
posted at 1:21 PM

Grab Bag 

The New Imperialism
by David Harvey

When Penguins Attack!
by Tom Tomorrow

Rise of the Creative Class
by Richard Florida
posted at 12:10 PM

About This Page 

Will be an evolving list of books I've either read or plan on reading. The list will reflect my interests in planning, history, art, architecture and progressive politics, and if you think you know something I should include, feel free to drop me a line at rgoodspe(at)

All of the links lead to the website of Powell's Books, a bookstore based in Portland, Oregon. I have chosen Powell's because they have a nice website, their stores are unionized, and they are an independent bookseller. I previously have used to purchase books, however I've stopped to respect the request of the employees of Border's #1 store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, currently on strike for a living wage. Amazon and Borders have a "partnership," so the strikers have asked supporters to boycott them as well during the strike.
posted at 11:35 PM

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