David R. Godine's Reviews > Genius of Common Sense: Jane Jacobs and the Story of the Death and Life of Great American Cities

Genius of Common Sense by Glenna Lang
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Mar 31, 10

bookshelves: history, biography, children
Read in October, 2009

"Written by two Boston women who are also illustrators, Genius of Common Sense is a readable and well-researched biography that succeeds in capturing Jacobs and her world, not only in words but in drawings and period photos. It's promoted as a "book for young readers,'' which it certainly is, but it's better than that. It's the best short introduction yet to the life and work of one of the most influential Americans of her generation."
— Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe

"No stodgy history texts, Claudette Colvin and Genius of Common Sense throb with their heroines' passionate struggles. They are handsome books, loaded with primary sources like photographs and contemporary news accounts that bring alive these stories for any teenager wondering how she can make a difference in the world."
— Ruth Coniff, The New York Times, May 10, 2009
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