Conway is an imprint that has long enjoyed a reputation for producing fine visual books where images have been reproduced to a high quality in monochrome and full colour. This is a book in that tradition and the result is impressive. This is a serious review of the development of the city and its impact on civilization, but it is also an art book with lavish illustration in the Conway tradition. The author has traced the development and visual recording of the city from ancient times to modern day. This is a complex and vital story that is told clearly and which benefits from the fine illustration. This book is a treat both visually and from its compelling text. A great story that affects all of us.