How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World ?
By Doug Saunders
356 pages. Pantheon $27.95.
More on Newyork TimesSerious, mightily researched, lofty and humane, “Arrival City” is packed with salient detail and could hardly be more timely. He presents these fringe worlds great sprawling shantytowns and slums — he prefers the term arrival cities — on the outskirts of places like Mumbai, Rio, London, Paris, Chongqing and Los Angeles not as fetid ghettos or pots of simmering radicalism. Instead, he argues, they are kilns of reverberating energy and optimism where the world’s rural downtrodden seek a foothold in the modern world. At its cellular level “Arrival City” is a first-rate taxonomy of a polyglot, under-examined slice of humanity. “Arrival cities are known around the world by many names,” the author writes.