Duck Duck Book

3 – essential william h whyte
09.23.2004, 12:04 am
Filed under: social sciences

The essential William H. Whyte / edited by Albert LaFarge.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2000.
[MCL call number: 307.76 W6295e 2000; two copies, no holds]

William Whyte wrote the very famous book The Organization Man, about the move of the middle class to the suburbs and the impact of mass organization on our culture; and then much later he wrote City, about how people use public space and what makes a good one. Two very interesting and quite different subjects. Whyte wrote a lot of other stuff too, and the work reproduced in this book will give you a fascinating overview. Some of my favorites are about: why was the college class of 1948 different from that of 1938?; how you can ace a personality test; and why on earth are people always blocking the sidewalk?


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