There have been many stimulating studies of city problems and city planing recently but nearly all have been specifically architectural or sociological in approach. Neither is sufficient, Mr. Haworth argues; what we must have first is a philosophical or ""synoptic view"". In other words, ""the need is for deliberate, abstract thought"" devoted to what we mean by a good city. This book formulates a systematized conception of the ideal modern city by beginning with a close scrutiny of the necessary underlying ethical principles, and then proceeding to provide criteria for practical planning and the evaluation of the ideological problems involved. The final chapter relates this philosophy ""to the larger social context"" of the nation as a whole. Mr. Haworth, of Purdue University, has a remarkable gift for clarifying ideas we think we already understand- until he begins to break them down into their essential characteristics. This work is a distinguished attempt at simple and precise definition of one of man's greatest tasks-- the attainment of a social order which can insure that life is worth living.