Beneath the Metropolis

Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities, written by Alex Marshall, edited by David Emblidge. The underground history, geology, technology, and mystery of twelve major cities worldwide.

Published by: Running Press / Perseus Books / Hachette

Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7867-1864-1 ; Paperback ISBN 978-0-7867-2026-2.  

Currently out of print.

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Joel Garreau, author of Edge City: “Alex Marshall dug deep—way deep—into the fundamental underpinnings of the world’s most dense places. Beneath the Metropolis is a fascinating book about heroic human place-making.”   

F. Augustyn, Jr., Library of Congress: “…a unique and colorful view of the subterranean environments of 12 world cities. Lavishly illustrated…, this volume is aimed at the general reader. Recommended for public libraries, for urban enthusiasts and armchair travelers. “Love it!! Absolutely fascinating. Wish he'd done more cities.”