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By Joshua Olsen

ISBN-10: 0874209196

ISBN-13: 9780874209198

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This is a great e-book, good prepared and written, giving a truly finished account of the occupation of financier-developer-builder-planner James Rouse. His profession spanned the main youth of post-War American city coverage, and he used to be taken with many of the significant tasks that happened. whereas the writer doesn't try and delve deeply into what made Jim Rouse tick, he offers a radical account of a number of the tasks he undertook, his causes for doing so, and the nice and undesirable effects that ensued.

Rouse's so much amazing accomplishments, together with the recent group of Columbia, MD, and the pageant marketplaces in Boston and Baltimore, via themselves warrant supplying an account of his lifestyles. what's extraordinary is how even more he did, in either suburban and primary urban environments. He additionally interacted with and infrequently partnered with some of the different city visionaries over the last 1/2 the 20 th century.

I come clear of studying this e-book with admiration for what Rouse finished yet understanding of the bounds and effects of his paintings. In a few respects, he verified find out how to do rather well the foremost new phenomena that emerged in American city lifestyles within the post-War interval, together with procuring facilities and suburban subdivisions, yet almost always the structure of those advancements used to be bland and so they ended up having a number of the related destructive consquences for American city existence that their much less profitable examples did. He additionally, to his credits, attempted to take on the destructive affects those suburban phenomena had for vital urban lifestyles, understandably with combined luck, starting from significant demolition and clearance tasks lower than city renewal, to local rehabilitation, to the pageant marketplace.

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S. : Même si Graetz n’était pas sioniste, son livre a évidemment beaucoup plus fait pour mon éducation sioniste que toute autre chose. Je conserve encore les écrits de Nordau, de Nathan Birnbaum et d’autres auteurs. Je les ai lus dans ma jeunesse, et ils m’ont marqué. Mais à n’en point douter, l’influence d’Ahad Ha-Am fut forte sur moi parce que je comprenais que la direction du sionisme politique était à elle seule insuffisante. Si au moment de mon émigration en Terre d’Israël, vous m’aviez demandé si j’avais pour le sionisme un intérêt politique, je vous aurais certainement répondu : non.

Dès que je suis arrivé ici, on m’a effectivement proposé deux postes et je dus prendre une décision. En 1923, on me proposa un poste de professeur de mathématiques à l’institut de formation des enseignants ici à Jérusalem, et un poste de bibliothécaire spécialisé en judaïca à la Bibliothèque nationale. M. L. : La Bibliothèque nationale existait déjà ? G. S. : Oui. Hugo Bergman en fut le premier directeur. C’est vraiment à ce moment-là que j’ai décidé de laisser tomber les mathématiques. Mais quand je suis arrivé ici, au début je n’étais pas du tout sûr de ne pas aller quelque part comme professeur, et je m’y suis préparé.

Il n’en prenait que lorsqu’il y était obligé, c’est-à-dire sous l’influence d’événements extérieurs. Sans pareilles impulsions extérieures, il ne se serait pas non plus séparé de sa femme Dora. S’il n’avait pas divorcé, il aurait certainement eu la vie sauve, car sa femme était extraordinairement attachée à la vie, elle avait une tout autre attitude face au monde que celle de Benjamin. Ce n’était pas une métaphysicienne. Lui l’était ; c’était un vrai métaphysicien. Il n’avait vraiment pas les pieds sur terre.

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