A History of Future Cities” (W. W. Norton & Company), by Daniel Brook, out February 25th. The New York native Daniel Brook undertakes an argument that spans countries and cultures, writing that the “unlikely sister cities” of St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai share the same ideological origin story: they are all “located in the East but purposefully built to look as if they are in the West.” Moving between the past and the present, the physical and the philosophical, gritty streets and ivory towers, Brook enumerates the connections between these metropolises.”

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