Home > Design > Culture > The Death and Life of Great American Cities Culture Posted on: September 08, 2009 The Death and Life of Great American Cities By Amanda Kolson Hurley Mike Morgan Book Already revered for her seminal 1961 work The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs takes the starring role in a new book, Wrestling With Moses, by former Boston Globe reporter Anthony Flint. Flint chronicles the battles in the ’60s between Jacobs, then a young journalist/activist, and the New York building czar Robert Moses over plans to raze the West Village and build the Lower Manhattan Expressway (neither succeeded). Jacobs was a pioneer, but also an original: How many urban theorists today get arrested on second-degree riot charges? $27; Random House About the Author Amanda Kolson Hurley Amanda Kolson Hurley is a freelance writer in the Washington, D.C. area. A former editor at ARCHITECT, she has contributed to The Atlantic's CityLab, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and many other publications.