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James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Featured in The Herald-Dispatch

Posted on July 26th, 2018 at 10:11 AM

"The cities in this book had similar assets and similar problems. Can we use their success as examples? We have already completed some of the projects that worked in these cities, but there is more to do. It will be interesting to see if readers of "Our Towns" will become some of the visionaries for the next steps."

Reviewed by The Wall Street Journal

Posted on July 25th, 2018 at 8:00 PM

"Each of the campaign’s stops earns a chapter, cut roughly into halves by reports from each author. In the portrait of San Bernardino, Calif., among others, the couple’s interests plainly diverge; Mr. Fallows remarks on the still-healing wound inflicted by the 2008 recession, while Mrs. Fallows comments on the city’s education system, whose students stress the “difficulty and importance of getting out of town.”"

Featured in the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Posted on July 25th, 2018 at 10:02 AM

"Taylor Books will host a Taylor Talk with best-selling husband-and-wife authors James and Deborah Fallows on Wednesday at 6 p.m."

Featured by WNYC Studios

Posted on July 25th, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Reviewed by Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca from Project Syndicate

Posted on July 24th, 2018 at 10:02 AM

"All stories of local renewal are unique, but the Fallowses show that most follow a similar pattern. A “civic story” centers on “local patriots” who have come together to create “public-private partnerships,” while “ignoring national politics.”"

Reviewed by Wichita's NPR Station

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 at 9:58 AM

"The new book by The Atlantic correspondent James Fallows and his wife, linguist and writer Deborah Fallows, titled Our Towns, is a compelling look at local communities and how they function--for better or worse-- in a time of national political dysfunction."

Featured in ArkansasOnline

Posted on July 22nd, 2018 at 10:00 AM

"There are powerful lessons in these stories for those who want to see Fort Smith and Little Rock reach their potential. People would be wise to read them and digest those lessons rather than responding to the next ridiculous ranking that comes down the pike."

Featured in the Erie Times-News

Posted on July 21st, 2018 at 9:31 AM

"Several weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of being in Chautauqua Institution’s historic amphitheater as Deborah and James Fallows highlighted the story of Erie in a lecture on their recent book “Our Towns.” Their unvarnished portrait of our city recognizes its beauty as well as its decay, drawing attention to various initiatives that we can all celebrate. “Erie feels like a work in progress, but one that is clearly progressing,” the Fallows’ book states."

Featured in the Kokomo Tribune

Posted on July 19th, 2018 at 9:29 AM

"This couple traveled in their personal airplane to many second- or third-tier cities, noting the city’s feel, industries, and creative solutions to its challenging problems. When I came across the section about Greenville, South Carolina (a city I have never visited but in which I have friends), the city’s successful revitalization sounded very much like what Kokomo and Howard County officials have done here."

Featured in The Catalyst

Posted on July 17th, 2018 at 9:23 AM

"In this email exchange with Catalyst Editor William McKenzie, Mr. Fallows discusses the characteristics of rebounding communities; the role that leadership, immigration, and culture play in revitalizing a place; and how a strong civic narrative is essential to a town’s rebirth."